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Did you know that certain scents can help you balance your chakras? The chakras are energy centers in your body spanning from the base of your spine to the top of your head, and scents can stimulate those energy centers, improving the flow of prana (life force) through your nadis (energy channels). Much like essential oils, soy wax candles can fill the room with vibrant aromas that can lead you to feel more grounded, confident, energized, or more depending on where you feel a blockage. Plus, for the meditator, you can focus on the bouncing flame during a Trataka meditation to wash out your eyes and still your mind.
Look inward to discern which energy center feels out of alignment, and light one of these chakra candles to bring yourself back to equilibrium.
See also: A Beginner’s Guide to the Chakras
7 chakra candles to help balance your energy
Muladhara (Root Chakra)
The root chakra is associated with the earth element—a powerful, grounding force. The deep, rich scent of oakmoss, a lichen found in the forest, dominates this candle’s fragrance profile. The woodsy aroma is balanced by amber and tonka, a South American legume with a slightly vanilla-ish scent. The result makes you think of an autumn day in the rain. $14
Svadisthana (Sacral Chakra)
The svadhisthana, or sacral chakra is one that taps into sensuality, creativity, and pleasure. The uplifting scents of sweet orange and clove that radiate from this chakra candle offer mental clarity and a burst of inspiration. $23
Manipura (Navel Chakra)
The solar plexus or navel chakra, is the center of your sense of self and purpose and serves as an energy powerhouse. Elevate your confidence and stoke your inner fires with the slightly smoky, slightly sweet scents of sandalwood and myrrh. $14
Anahata (Heart Chakra)
Since an open heart chakra, or anahata, is a source of unconditional love and joy, nurture those feelings with uplifting aromas of rosehip seed oil and the lemony scent of geranium. This vegan, all-natural candle brings feelings of springtime year-round. $34
Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)
The vishuddha or throat chakra is your body’s center for communication. Summon the courage to speak your mind through these powerful, awakening aromas. The cooling scents of mint and eucalyptus naturally open your airways, while the piney scents of rosemary and sage ease stress and improve concentration so you can speak with clarity. $16
Ajna (Third Eye Chakra)
The ajna or third-eye chakra is an energy center that connects you to your intuition. When it’s not blocked, you can view the world as it is instead of experiencing it from a perspective that’s clouded with judgment. The piney scents of frankincense and juniper berry are said to aid in visualization while meditating and can calm the mind for more lucid interpretations of events. $27
Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
Vetiver is known as the “oil of tranquility” and has powerful balancing effects on the sahasrara, or crown chakra. Its earthy scent is grounding and said to be able to help you tap into your subconscious for enhanced dream recollection. Since the crown chakra is an energy center focused on thoughts, consciousness, and wisdom, vetiver will bring you back into your body to help you process all the ethereal workings of this chakra. $34