Essential oils and infused oils

What's the differnceEssential oils are all the rage these days but for many applications an infused oil will serve you better.

Essential oils are highly aromatic, volatile plant oils that are commonly used as fragrances, flavorings and in aromatherapy. These oils tend to evaporate or volatilize fairly easily at moderate temperatures.

Infused oils are made with low (or no) heat and a prolonged extraction designed to draw out the plant’s bioactive compounds. A fixed oil (like olive or grape seed) dissolves many of the same compounds that dissolve in pure alcohol and the resulting infused oil can represent a more complete extract of the plant.

The bottom line? Essential oils are best when you want to use only the volatile oil components otherwise use infused.

Understanding the Chakra System

chakra overviewLet’s define some of the key parts of the chakra system.

Prana – The sum total of all energy that is manifest in the universe

Nadis – Channels through which the energies of the subtle body flow.

Ida – The Nadis Associated with lunar energy and means “comfort” in Sanskrit. Idā has a moonlike nature and female energy with a cooling effect and controls mental processes.

Pingala – Associated with solar energy and means “tawny” in Sanskrit. Pingala has a sunlike nature and male energy with a heating  effect and controls the vital processes.

Sushumna  – This Nadis connects the base chakra directly to the crown chakra. The movements of Prana through the central canal makes the way for the ascent of Kundalini.

Kundalini – Kundalini is described as an indwelling spiritual energy that is awakened to purify the subtle system and bestow the state of Yoga, or Divine Union, upon the ‘seeker’ of truth “. The Upanishads describe Kundalini as lying “coiled” at the base of the spine, represented as sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force.chakra trumpet

Chakras  – I will talk mostly about the 7 tantric chakras. Each of these energy centers is related to a different aspect of our physical, mental and spiritual being. They are shaped like trumpet flowers open to from and back and are constantly spinning.

ImbalanceThe chakra in question is overactive or underactive.

Over/under-active The overactive chakra creates excess while an underactive creates a deficit.

Opening and Closing – Making a chakra more or less available for energy transfer.