The solar plexus is located in the area between the sternum (breastbone) and the navel.
It is the centre of your personal power and will where issues concerning willpower, vitality, self-identity, personal power, self-love, desire, healthy self-esteem, self-responsibility, self-control, creativity, standing up for your personal values, doing what’s right for you and freedom of choice reside. It’s the area responsible for the digestion and absorption of food, life and ideas.
When out of balance you may give up your power or hand it over to someone else because you lack confidence in yourself and your decisions. You may ignore your emotional and creative side in favour of overthinking and over analysing. You may also blame others for all that happens in your life.
Some questions to consider and perhaps journal about
When do you feel powerful or powerless?
When do you give your power away? To whom and why?
Do you trust your gut instinct?
Do you overanalyse problems and decisions until you are exhausted?
Are you able to overcome any obstacles that arise in your life?
What are you most proud of yourself for accomplishing?
Do you suffer from digestive issues?
16 essential oils that can help with solar plexus chakra issues
Because there is often a connection between the solar plexus and the digestive system, oils that aid the digestion on both a physical and emotional level can be useful.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is helpful if your feelings of despondency and dejection lead you to seek constant reassurance and emotional support. She is also useful where there are issues with control and can help you express yourself through creativity.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) encourages the release of pent-up feelings including unexpressed anger and frustration that can lead to sudden mood swings and depression.
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) releases feelings and energetic blockages associated with anger and frustration and restores a sense of direction and determination.
Chamomile German (Matricaria recutita) allows you to let go of old ideas, beliefs and the need to control every aspect of your life.
Fennel Sweet (Foeniculum vulgare dulce) reduces the tendency to over think and overanalyze and can help get to the root cause of eating disorders due to feelings of being unloved, insecurity, self-rejection or needing approval.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) helps you take responsibility for your actions and their consequences. She also calms, centres and stills your mind when there is worry and ceaseless negative mental chatter.
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) eases feelings of tension, frustration, irritability, self-doubt, depression and perfectionism. She promotes a lightness of Spirit.
Lavender (Lavendula officinalis) helps to ease frustration and irritability, nurtures you and allows you to forgive yourself for neglecting yourself and others in the past.
Marjoram Sweet (Marjorama hortensis) calms obsessive thinking and anxiety and helps to ease feelings of being lonely, unsupported, denied warmth and affection.
Neroli (Citrus aurantium) helps to release suppressed emotions especially those of anger, resentment and despair. She helps you to choose differently allowing you to accept and trust yourself.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) helps you connect with your purpose in life, digesting new ideas and impressions while staying true to yourself.
Pine (Pinus sylvestris) encourages you to believe in your self-worth and set boundaries especially if you feel a need to take responsibility and blame for the actions of others.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) renews enthusiasm and improves self-confidence helping you to remember your own true path.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) helps in overcoming feelings of victimization and hopelessness by developing patience and appreciating other points of view without feeling threatened.
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris – ct linalool) dispels despondency and negativity, giving you the self-confidence and belief to overcome negative patterns, habits and obstacles to your feeling fulfilled and worthy.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina) clears anger and frustration due to fear and anxiety. She helps to reunite your emotional and sensual nature allowing you to express and experience both pleasure and joy.
Make your own solar plexus chakra anointing blend
Choose 1-3 essential oils for a total of 3 drops and add to 10 mls of cold pressed vegetable oil.
Either sit or lie down. Take a couple of deep even breaths. Anoint the area between the sternum (breastbone) and the navel with a few drops of the blend in a clockwise direction with your fingertips. Use your intention to open, balance, heal and then close the chakra. Continue your slow deep breathing allowing the oils to do their work and when you feel ready open your eyes.
16 crystals that may be used to balance the solar plexus chakra
Choose one or two to work with. These may be used directly on the solar plexus chakra, carried in the pocket, worn as jewellery or used as an essence or spray.
Amber puts you in touch with your own inner strength and security helping you to set boundaries. Amber stimulates your metabolism and physical energy.
Amethyst relieves physical, mental and psychological pain, dispels anger, fear and anxiety.
Ametrine helps you overcome self-sabotage and procrastination and assists in developing a sense of your personal power and potential.
Citrine helps you overcome feelings of not deserving abundance in your life and for letting go of things that don’t serve you anymore.
Clear Quartz can be used to clear and balance all the chakras.
Emerald can assist in overcoming feelings of unworthiness and abandonment by clearing your emotional body of victimization patterns and the rejection of your own personal power.
Golden apatite can help you overcome a fear of success, self-imposed limitations, self-sabotage, increase your self-confidence and sense of worth.
Golden labradorite embodies inner strength, courage, endurance, clear thinking, self-confidence and the right use of power.
Honey calcite enhances self-confidence, courage, self-responsibility and the right use of power. She overcomes the fear of taking action and procrastination.
Moss agate helps when you are feeling ungrounded and gives you the persistence and endurance to complete your goals.
Prehnite stabilises your energy flow helping you to feel less anxious, restlessness and drained.
Peridot helps to clear blockages to receiving on all levels.
Smokey quartz is a very powerful clearing and grounding stone and can provide protection from the negative energies in your environment.
Sunstone is a stone of personal power and freedom helping to clear the fears, self-doubt and unworthiness that may be holding you back from being your true self.
Tiger’s eye supports physical vitality and energy. She heals issues surrounding self-worth, self-criticism, blocked creativity and internal conflict.
Golden topaz is helpful if you have difficulty maintaining and honouring boundaries – yours and others.
Stand Tall Aromatic Affirmation: I have the self-confidence to be myself. I can stand tall and allow the world to see the unique person I am.