Candles are an age-old way to create a warm and comforting atmosphere in the home through burning fragrances.
Chakra candles have the added benefit of combining fragrance with soothing and healing properties which can have a positive impact on a person’s being.
But how does a chakra candle influence your subtle body and release positive energy? Keep reading to learn about the seven chakras and how to work on them using chakra candles.
What are Chakra Candles Used For?
Chakra candles can be used as a focal point during meditation and visualization or as a way to create a soothing environment during yoga, or other energy healing practices.
Chakra candles are special because they use color therapy, with the color of the wax corresponding to each of the seven energy centers in the human body.
It is believed that visualizing or immersing oneself in the color associated with a chakra can direct vital energy to that area and clear any blockages there. This is because the vibration of the chakras is in harmony with the colors used to represent them.
Chakra candles also use the power of aromatherapy. Chakra candles typically contain aromatic oils which are specifically designed to support and open the chakras. The aromas that are given off when a chakra candle is burnt are said to accentuate the chakras and their particular properties.
Some chakra energy candles have crystals related to each chakra embedded in the wax, adding to the color therapy benefits. Because the gemstone stimulates the chakra and its qualities, the candle’s healing potential is enhanced.
That’s why you will often see chakra candles recommended in response to the question,
how to balance energy in chakras?
What are Chakra Candles Made From?
Soy wax, commonly used to make chakra candles, is a byproduct of the production of vegetable oils.
Soy wax has a longer burn time than other candle ingredients like beeswax or paraffin because it burns at a lower temperature. It also has the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.
Chakra candles will also often contain essential oils that when burnt give off fragrances associated with that particular chakra. Chakra candles should not contain trace amounts of lead or zinc.
Benefits of Chakra Candles with Crystals
Physical illnesses, as well as emotional and psychological difficulties, can manifest when the energy centers in your body, in other words, chakras, are not spinning freely and become blocked.
But when your chakras are balanced and awakened, you reap all their benefits and will find it much easier to deal with adversity.
There is a wide range of crystals that benefit each of the chakras. Using crystals infused in candles is a simple way to combine the power of crystals and candle energies in your home.
When the right crystal and fragrance pairing is achieved, the pleasant aroma of the perfume can be inhaled while the soothing vibrations of the crystal candle soothe the chakras and inspire wellness in the body and mind.
When to Light a Chakra Candle
You can light a chakra candle whenever you want to work on strengthening and realigning your chakras – this could be when you practice yoga, Reiki, or meditation and you want to zero in on a specific issue.
In addition to helping you concentrate and channel healing energy, lighting these candles during a session will purify the atmosphere and create a safe space for healing.
But you don’t need to wait until you’re carrying out energy healing sessions, you can light a chakra candle any time you want to create a relaxing environment.
How to use Chakra Candles
Chakra candles can be used in many different ways. If you use crystal energy candles then you have even more options to choose from, for example, once the candle has burned down you can use the crystal for meditation while focusing on the corresponding chakra.
Locate a spot in your home where the candle will be undisturbed, remove anything that has no bearing on your purpose, and surround the candle with items that do, for example, crystals and chakra stones.
Some common self-care practices involving chakra candles include:
Setting your intention is everything when working with chakra candles. It’s how you focus your mind and channel your energies effectively. It’s important to avoid sending mixed signals.
Begin by clearing your mind of any negativity. Carrying out breathing exercises can be a great way to do this.
You can do this by counting your breaths up to ten and then returning to one again or by simply placing a hand on your diaphragm as you breathe slowly and pay attention to the air filling and leaving your body.
Then choose an intention that is true to you and your goals, for example, “I intend to see the goodness around me”.
Intentions that concern your personal power, rather than very specific or materialistic goals tend to be more effective. Our list of affirmations is a great place to look for inspiration.
Concentrate on your intention and try to visualize what success would look like. You might choose to do this with your eyes closed, breathing in the aroma of the candle, or by keeping your eyes focused on the candle flame.
The act of lighting the candle represents the ignition of your purpose.
How to Meditate with Chakra Candles
If you want to use chakra candles in your meditation, it’s best to do so in a quiet, undisturbed space. Make sure you turn off your phone and eliminate any other possible distractions. Use a candle whose color and fragrance correspond to the chakra you wish to strengthen.
As with intention setting, you can either meditate with your eyes closed and just enjoy the aroma of the candle or use the candle flame as a focal point to focus the mind when meditating.
It’s up to you how long you meditate but for beginners, it can be easiest to start with just five minutes and then increase the duration as you get more experienced. The more often you do it, the easier it will become.
Visualization with Chakra Candles
Visualization is the practice of imagining a particular outcome you want to achieve in the future.
It is said to activate your subconscious to come up with creative ways to help you achieve your goals while training your conscious brain to perceive and recognize the actions you need to take to make your goal a reality.
Some also believe that it activates the law of attraction, a philosophy based on the idea that positive thoughts can bring positive results into your life.
Choose the chakra you want to work on and then sit yourself down in a comfortable position. Light the chakra candle and keep your attention on the flame and the color of the candle as you think about the attributes associated with the chakra.
Now close your eyes and picture the chakra’s warm, colorful energy flowing through your entire body. Maintain your concentration as you imagine your life force growing and filling your entire being – the more vivid the mental picture the better!
Imagine the chakra blossoming into a lotus flower. Imagine the chi energy being released and flowing through the chakra as it spins, then rising up and out of your body like the high flame of a chakra candle.
Use Chakra Candles with Magic Spells:
Candle ceremonies are said to be a powerful way to focus your intent on certain goals and manifest certain outcomes. Chakra candles are commonly used in magic spells and rituals because of their ability to tap into the human aura through color and aroma.
In the moments before you sit down to perform a spell or ritual, allow yourself time to relax, focus, and open up to your intuition. This is a good time to invoke the aid of any gods or spirits you feel a connection with.
Every magic or wicca spell is different but you should choose chakra candles that embody the energies you are trying to access. The candles should be allowed to burn down or extinguish themselves before the spell is cast.
How to balance your energy – candles for each chakra
When you feel like one of your energy centers is out of balance due to recent stress, practicing meditation with a chakra candle can help bring it back into harmony.
So what type of candle should you use with each of the primary chakras?
1. Muladhara – the Root Chakra 2. Svadhisthana – the Sacral Chakra 3. Manipura – the Solar Plexus Chakra 4. Anahata – the Heart Chakra 5. Vishuddha – the Throat Chakra 6. Ajna – the Third Eye Chakra 7. Sahasrara – the Crown Chakra
1. Muladhara – the Root Chakra
The earth element, which is strongly grounding, is linked with the Root chakra. Use a red candle scented with earthy and herbal aromas like cedar, cloves, cassia, patchouli, or nutmeg.
These scents conjure feelings of groundedness and connectivity to the earth. Crystals like black obsidian, garnet, and red jasper can complement root chakra candles.
2. Svadhisthana – the Sacral Chakra
Our sensuality, feelings, creativity, and sexuality are connected to the Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana). Because of its association with the element of water, this energy center aids in emotional regulation and life flow.
To work on your Sacral chakra, choose an orange candle with revitalizing aromas like bergamot, grapefruit, tangerine, cardamom, or sandalwood.
These fragrances will help lift and revitalize your spirit. Crystals like the tiger’s eye and amber are known for their energizing properties and can complement Sacral candles.
3. Manipura – the Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus chakra (Manipura) governs personal strength, self-assurance, bravery, resolve, and inspiration.
Negative energy in this center can be dissipated with a bright yellow candle with citrus and spice aromas. Scents like lemongrass, jasmine, green tea, sandalwood, or myrrh can help boost feelings of self-assurance and ignite your inner power.
Gemstones like yellow topaz or citrine can work very well with Solar Plexus chakra candles.
4. Anahata – the Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra (Anahata) is located in the center of the chest and relates to virtues such as compassion, understanding, kindness, generosity, and forgiveness. Choose a green heart chakra candle with sweet aromas such as honey, rose, mint, or geranium to center your attention on your heart.
These scents are said to uplift your heart, particularly when combined with crystals such as rose quartz or amazonite.
5. Vishuddha – the Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) controls our ability to express ourselves and communicate with others. This chakra is energized by the color blue and facilitates communication, including the ability to listen carefully and respond with genuineness.
Blue candles with calming aromas like mint, lavender, vanilla, sage, or chamomile can help stimulate this chakra, while eucalyptus can alleviate any associated physical body discomfort.
Use these stimulating scents to summon your personal power and the confidence to say what’s on your mind. Mint and eucalyptus have refreshing aromas that help clear your breathing passages.
In contrast, the aromas of lavender and sage help you focus and relax so you can express yourself clearly. Gemstones like lapiz lazuli, turquoise, and blue apatite can be very effective with Throat Chakra candles.
6. Ajna – the Third Eye Chakra
The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) is associated with psychic abilities like intuition, sight, and the ability to visualize. Unimpeded perception allows you to see things as they are rather than through your preconceived notions and biases.
This chakra is closely associated with the color dark blue (indigo). Rosemary, citrus, mint, juniper berry, and sage aromas aid with focus and clarity, making them the perfect aromas for the Third Eye chakra. It is believed that these piney aromas can help with visualization during energy chakra meditation and promote mental calmness.
Crystals like sodalite, lapis lazuli, and sapphire can be very effective when used with Third Eye chakra candles.
7. Sahasrara – the Crown Chakra
The seventh and final chakra is the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara), located at the very top of the head. The chakra color is purple which signifies spirituality, enlightenment, and expanded states of consciousness.
Burning a purple candle with fragrances of frankincense, myrrh, amber or lavender can help calm the mind and enable you to become more spiritually aware.
Combine these aromas with crystals such as amethyst, moonstone, or clear quartz to expand your consciousness and open the gateway to your soul.
For more information, why not check out our chakra healing guide.