Vishuddha is the Sanskrit name for the Throat, 5th chakra, and its meaning “especially pure”. The color that represents the throat chakra is blue, turquoise, or aquamarine blue. The element is Ether (space), and located in the region of the throat, jaw, neck, mouth, and thyroid. The auric color of Throat chakra energy can also be seen as a smoky purple.
Key Characteristics of your Throat Chakra
When the throat chakra is in balance, we speak, listen, and express ourselves openly and authentically. When out of balance, we ignore our inner voice, feel afraid of expressing ourselves, or have trouble listening to others. A blocked throat chakra can also store tension physically and cause a sore throat or neck and shoulder pain. The throat chakra has masculine energy and is symbolized by a blue 16-petaled flower. Elementally, it is associated with sound, and its mantra is, “I speak.”
Expression, in particular, ability to express your truth, to speak out
Communication, whether it’s verbal or non-verbal, external or internal
Connection with the etheric realm, the more subtle realms of spirit and intuitive abilities
Propensity to create, projecting ideas and blueprints into reality
Realizing your vocation, purpose
Good sense of timing
Signs of Balance
A balanced throat chakra helps to set us free from the fear of judgment or the need for approval from others. This chakra helps us to embrace our originality and unique individual experiences in the world. It is also associated with purity, thus connecting it to the concept of truth.
Underactive Throat chakra
When a chakra is underactive, it means that the chakra is experiencing a blockage or is not distributing the flow of energy. When your throat chakra is blocked or underactive, it can contribute to feelings of insecurity, timidity, introversion, and it often detaches you from your authentic and true self.
Fear of Speaking Up
Imbalanced or blocked throat chakra
Difficulty tuning into the true self, the urge to hide opinions and desires from yourself and others, gossiping, dominating conversations, difficulty listening to others, neck pain, hormone fluctuation (relating to the thyroid).
Hesitation in expressing emotions
Lacking the vocabulary to describe your feelings
A sense of feeling misunderstood by people around you
Use of negative words and actions
Lack of control over one’s speech; speaking too much or inappropriately;
Not being able to listen to others
Excessive fear of speaking
Small, imperceptible voice
Not being able to keep secrets, to keep your word
On the opposite side, a closed throat chakra might manifest as excessive secretiveness or shyness
Lack of connection with a vocation or purpose in life
Signs of an overactive throat chakra
When a chakra is overactive, it means that the chakra is distributing too much energy. It is working in overdrive and bringing imbalance to the chakra.
You may be experiencing a lack of control over your speech, and talking too much or without a filter. When the throat chakra is overwhelmed with energy, it can lead you to become your own and others’ worst critic. You may experience struggles in your relationships because of the way you communicate.
Inability to Listen
Ways To Balance Your Throat Chakra
Journaling your thoughts
Make a daily practice of recording how you feel is a great way to verbalize your thoughts and feelings. You can use a private journal or an online program such as Evernote. Don’t worry about things such as grammar or sentence structure. Let your thoughts and feelings flow freely through your pen or keyboard.
Breathe into your stomach
Speaking too quickly and impulsively, or not at all, are both signs that your throat chakra is imbalanced. In order to ground yourself, breathe deeply into your stomach so that it expands gently. Focus on this sensation and allow it to center your energy. Not only does deep breathing calm you, but it also helps you to develop confidence. Read more about mindful breathing.
Bright blue is the color of the throat chakra. Try staring at the blue sky, wearing blue, or surrounding yourself with blue and notice the difference. One of my favorite forms of color therapy is painting. If you enjoy art, making your own throat chakra mural or painting with blue as the primary color.
If your throat chakra is receiving an excessive amount of energy, you may struggle with dominating conversations and ignoring other people. This habit may get you into a lot of trouble with your friends, family members, partner, or colleagues. In order to break the habit, practice breathing into your belly (as mentioned in point 6) and listening carefully to what the other person is saying. Remember to observe their body language – sometimes a person’s words don’t match the energy they’re transmitting. To show that you’re listening, nod, make small comments and repeat back to them what they’re saying. For more guidance read about the art of listening.
Clear blocks with yoga
Balance your throat chakra by doing yoga stretches such as the fish, lion, and plow pose. You might also like to try simply rolling your neck around gently to stimulate blood flow.
Cleanse the throat chakra with essential oils
Use oils such as frankincense, peppermint, cypress, jasmine lavender, eucalyptus, clove, rosemary, and Geranium. You can put these oils into an oil diffuser, rub them on your wrist (in a diluted form), or wear them in a diffusing pendant.
Drink pure water
Pure and clean water is essential for your throat chakra health. If you suspect that your water is polluted with contaminants such as fluoride and chlorine, consider investing in a water filter.
Use crystals as energetic totems that will help you balance your throat chakra energy. Try meditating or carrying crystals such as blue kyanite, larimar, azurite, aquamarine, and lapis lazuli.
The throat chakra controls the thyroid gland and endocrine system. That means it is responsible for the regulation and flow of hormones and the function of all matters of the throat and head, including:
Essential oils to balance Throat Chakra
Clove: Warm and very spicy, Clove is a very strong oil that has been traditionally used for the mouth, tooth, and gum tissue healing. Clove can also be used to assist in the regulation of the thyroid gland, dissolving blood clots, and removing stagnation in the blood.
Peppermint: has long been used to freshen breath, for respiratory infections, and to ease headaches due to congestion. Peppermint invigorates and stimulates the mind and has a direct action on the intellect. It promotes creativity and self-expression.
Cypress: is known for its decongesting and detoxifying properties. It is used to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid, clearing build-up toxins. It is beneficial for bleeding gums, bronchitis, and respiratory congestion. Cypress helps us with transformation and inner renewal.
Eucalyptus: has been used to calm inflammation of the nasal passages, clear sore throat, and sinusitis. The oil promotes well-being and opens inner space when we feel overwhelmed or constricted by our environment. It promotes the feeling of inner freedom and expansiveness.
Geranium: sweet and citrus-rosy, Geranium is used to calm down sore throats, clear oily skin, and move stagnant energy in the body. Creating a feeling of safety and security, Geranium helps us to connect with our inner life and our emotional sensitivity. Geranium essential oil helps to ease nervous tension and promotes a sense of well-being.
Lavender: For throat chakra healing, on a physical level, Lavender is useful to heal mouth abscess and oral thrush. On an emotional level, Lavender promotes peace, love, and awareness.
Frankincense: This oil is beneficial in cases of underactive thyroid. I have read a number of reports when people have healed their thyroid disorder with the use of Frankincense essential oil.
Jasmine: one of the throat chakras essential oils for its effect on the voice. It is used in cases of hoarse voice. Penetrating the deeper layers of our soul, Jasmine opens us up to repressed emotional pain, allowing energy to flow through the throat chakra.
Essential oils Safety First
Keep in mind there is limited research supporting the health benefits of essential oils, however, there are studies supporting the benefits of essential oils aiding in lessening stress and anxiety. Many people do claim and enjoy the benefits of using essential oils to balance their chakras. You can enjoy these benefits by experimenting yourself but keep in mind the safety precaution in using essential oils. Today we will focus on Throat Chakra essential oils in a series we will call "oils for Chakras".
Do a patch test before using any essential oil and even before that consult with your doctor to make sure it won't interfere with any medication. You can do a patch test by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil first and testing it on a small area of your body.
Consider those in your environment as well before diluting and using oils, as children and pets cannot tolerate certain oils or certain levels of oil exposure. Research is always useful before using any oils.
Crystals to Balance your Throat Chakra
Blue sodalite brings us harmony and tranquility in our communications and settles our negative thoughts. It also helps us to better understand ourselves so that we can express ourselves authentically.
The ideal stone for self-discovery because it helps us get to the truth of who we are, it deepens our awareness, reveals to us our purpose, and inspires us to seek the knowledge that will make us a better version of ourselves.
Expressing yourself fully is no easy feat, but popping a chunk of blue apatite in your pocket might make it easier. “Blue Apatite is a stone of inspiration, and it inspires you to be yourself,” Askinosie says. “There’s no reason to hide your truth from the world, and blue apatite sparks your excitement to express yourself fully.”Poon also recommends this crystal and says it helps with public speaking and enhancing group communication.
Do you have a habit of overthinking what you’re going to say? This soothing gemstone is just what you need. “Associated with water, aquamarine has a very fluid and easy-going energy to it,” Askinosie says. “This crystal helps you stay present and be flexible when communicating with others. Rather than getting fixed or attached to how a conversation should go, aquamarine washes any stress or tension from your mind and helps you to go with the flow.”
Aquamarine is also a stone of empowerment so it’s great if you need help unleashing your inner Beyoncé. “It helps us to exhibit power without force,” Davis says. “That is something that is always useful when expressing ourselves and working with the throat chakra.”
If the idea of putting yourself out there makes you break out in a cold sweat, reach for a piece of kyanite to help you bust through that resistance. “It helps one to fully step into their power of expression, own their true essence, and stand in their truth on their unique path,” Lyons says.
Blue lace agate
This dreamy, light blue crystal is all about easing stress and tension. “Blue lace agate helps calm your nerves or worries before sharing your authentic self with the world,” Askinosie says. So if you’re feeling nervous to say something, it’ll give you a little boost of zen that you need so you can show up as your true self.
Throat Chakra Affirmations
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