The Seven Chakras and Their Effects

The Seven Chakras and Their Effects

Crystal healing is an ancient practice that uses stones as a form of holistic medicine by balancing our energy centres known as Chakras with their corresponding colours. Balance brings wholeness, so it's important to choose crystals that correspond with what we are looking for physically or mentally!

The word "chakra" comes from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disc. Chakras are energy centres that exist along our spine and throughout our body, with each one representing a different aspect of ourselves. The seven major chakras correspond to different parts of the body and include root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown.

If you're reading this, odds are that your chakras are not in alignment. You may have a few blocked or unbalanced, and it's time to start looking for ways to get them open again.

The Seven Chakra Colours

chakras explained

Each chakra has its colour associated with it: red for root; orange for sacral/spleen; yellow solar plexus, green heart chakra, blue throat centre, purple third eye and violet crown.

Each of the seven major chakras also has its own meaning:

  1. Root (red): grounding oneself to reality by being present on earth.
  2. Sacral/spleen (orange): creativity, emotions and desires that fuel our passions in life.
  3. Solar plexus (yellow): self-worth as well as core beliefs about ourselves which we hold onto tightly without examining them closely  
  4. Heart (green): love, empathy and creativity that flows from the soul to reflect one's true self outwardly in this lifetime.
  5. Throat (blue): communication; speaking your truth with honesty and without fear or anxiety.   
  6. Third eye/brow chakra (indigo/violet): intuition, inspiration and psychic abilities. Helps you find clarity about yourself during times of confusion.
  7. Crown chakra (violet):  pure consciousness itself, also called the "atmic plane" which is our connection to all that exists in a spiritual sense.  

How Do Crystals Help to Balance Chakras?

 chakra healing

Chakra balancing is a form of energy healing that focuses on channelling energy into the seven chakras. When we talk about treating chakras we are referring to treating your energetic body. This form of healing expands beyond our physical body.

When we hold a crystal in our hand and touch it to each chakra, the stone(s) can resonate with that chakra. As an example, if you are working on opening up your throat chakra (speaking your truth), you could place a blue crystal over your throat and feel it work to open this area of yourself. At first, we should do this very lightly so as not to overwhelm ourselves or our system. Over time, however, as we grow more accustomed to our bodies energy centres and frequencies, these stones will become even more useful and powerful for us.

Below we’ve outlined an introduction to the seven chakras, the symptoms of an unbalanced chakra and the crystals that can help balance them. Read on to learn more about chakra balancing.

1. Root Chakra (Red)

root chakra

The first chakra is called the Root Chakra and is said to correspond with our survival instincts. This is the primal energy of fight, flight or freeze responses. The root chakra is located at the base of our spine.

​​The most common signs of imbalance in the root chakra include:

  1. Feeling restless, tired and ungrounded.  
  2. Being quick to anger or irritation
  3. Often feeling negative about things in life.
  4. Unable to initiate a project due to lack of self-esteem. 
  5. Feeling weak, uncertain or lacking confidence more often than not. 
  6. Being easily moved to tears (pleasant ones as well as sad ones).

What crystals work best for balancing the root chakra?

best crystals for the root chakra

It's important to keep this chakra balanced with crystals like tiger eye quartz for its grounding effect or carnelian which helps release blockages from anger or frustration. Our suggestions include:

  • Red Jasper - Can be used for protection from negative energies, helps with anger management and gives courage when needed.
  • Tigers Eye - Promotes inner strength and courage while also bringing balance to our emotions.
  • Carnelian - Helps to stimulate energy flow around the area and provides an outlet for releasing suppressed emotions (such as anger).
  • Black Tourmaline - Provides protection from negative energies and helps release fears and worries.
  • Red and Black Onyx - Red and Black Onyx can provide you with feelings of safety, security and stability so you feel more grounded. 

2. Sacral Chakra (Orange)

sacral chakra

The sacral chakra is the second of seven major energy centres in our body, located near the lower belly - below the navel and above the pubic bone. This chakra represents our reproductive system, creativity, sexuality and intimacy.

The most common signs of imbalance in the sacral chakra include:

  1. Feeling insecure.
  2. Lacklustre relationships with others.
  3. Inability to express emotion or desire.
  4. Having a constant fear of betrayal.
  5. Inability to enjoy sexual experiences
  6. Feeling unmotivated or uninspired

What crystals work best for balancing the sacral chakra?

best crystals for the sacral chakra

Here, we suggest crystals that will help you with creativity and sexuality like rose quartz. Pairing it with jade is also helpful for love and sensuality. Our suggestions include:

  • Rose Quartz - has a calming effect that can promote feelings of security and trust as well as increase your sense of peace. 
  • Jade - can help balance the sacral chakra by providing warmth while releasing negative emotions like fear or anger.  
  • Unakite - calms anxiety and releases negative thoughts. It's a great stone for anyone who struggles with emotional turmoil or creative blocks too! 
  • Sunstone - enhances creativity, self-esteem, and well-being. Promotes relaxation as well as a sense of abundance in your life. 
  • Labradorite - helpful for those who are trying to find their path in life. It will remind you that you have all the tools you need inside yourself to succeed. 

3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Yellow)

solar plexus chakra

The third chakra is called the solar plexus chakra and it's said to correspond with our personal power. This energy corresponds with feelings of self-esteem, courage, competence as well as creativity. The solar plexus chakra resides in the region just below your diaphragm. 

The most common signs of imbalance in the solar plexus chakra include:

  1. Feeling fear or anxiety to the point of panic.
  2. Not being able to get rid of that nagging doubt in your mind that is preventing you from moving forward.
  3. Experiencing anger and even rage when someone violates what's been set as a boundary.

What crystals work best for balancing the solar plexus chakra?

best crystals for the solar plexus chakra

The solar plexus chakra is associated with self-expression, confidence and personal power. For this chakra, a good crystal to use is lavender fluorite which will help you slow down in times of stress, sending calming energy your way. Our suggestions include:

  • Larimar - can promote creativity and abundance in life as well as bring about peace and happiness into your life. 
  • Fluorite - can absorb negative energies from people or situations. It also helps to balances negativity within oneself by providing loving energy back into one’s being. 
  • Lepidolite - can bring peace to those who are feeling stressed or anxious. It’s a calming stone that can promote peace and harmony in your life. 
  • Citrine - can help you feel more confident about yourself and able to make good decisions without feeling guilty or anxious about what others think.
  • Golden Quartz - can bring a sense of enthusiasm and hope to those who are feeling down or sad. 

4. Heart Chakra (Green)

heart chakra

The fourth chakra is called the heart and it resides in the chest. The energy of the heart chakra corresponds with a strong sense of compassion for others. A major focus in the heart chakra is selflessness versus selfishness, love versus fear and acceptance versus rejection. 

The most common signs of imbalance in the heart chakra include:

  1. Having your feelings hurt easily and often.
  2. Feeling that you're always striving for recognition from others. 
  3. Being unable to trust due to emotional or physical abuse from the past. 
  4. Low self-esteem, lack of love and even loneliness.

What crystals work best for balancing the heart chakra?

best crystals for the heart chakra

The heart chakra works with the colour green, so any green crystals are powerful for opening and balancing this area of yourself. There are many different types of green stones that are excellent for helping with your heart concerns including:

  • Jade - can have a calming effect on our emotional health which helps us feel better about ourselves as well as others around us. 
  • Malachite - can promote relaxation and self-confidence as well as aid in creativity and originality.
  • Turquoise - tranquillity, which can help promote feelings of peace and contentment. It may also help heal anger or resentment by promoting forgiveness.
  • Moss Agate - said to be one of the best stones to use for emotional healing and can assist in easing worry, fear, and anxiety. 
  • Rose Quartz - soothes anxiety and promotes feelings of safety and security.  It also helps balance emotions by releasing negativity from one's energy field, which could be due to past trauma or grief. 

5. Throat Chakra (Blue)

throat chakra

The fifth chakra is called the throat chakra and resides just below the throat, This area corresponds with our ability to obtain knowledge (and wisdom) through communication or speaking one's thoughts out loud.

The most common signs of imbalance in the throat chakra include:

  1. Not being able to speak up or express yourself freely, which can come out as anger or frustration when you do try to share an opinion, 
  2. Feeling pressured into speaking/expressing something you don't agree with, 
  3. Not being able to recover from a mistake that's caused another person pain,
  4. Lying compulsively and/or believe everyone is lying about everything all the time

What crystals work best for balancing the throat chakra?

best crystals for the throat chakra

It's important to keep this chakra balanced with crystals like amethyst for its calming effect. It also encourages clear communication, making it easier to be assertive and express your true self. The throat chakra works with the colour blue, so any blue crystals are powerful for opening and balancing this area of yourself. Our suggestions include:

  • Amethyst - can make it easier to express ourselves freely without fear of judgment or criticism from others. 
  • Blue Lace Agate - can boost one's self-esteem and confidence levels while enhancing logical thinking skills. 
  • Amazonite - helps with clarity of communication as well as self-expression. Can help you to speak your truth without fear of being judged or criticized by others
  • Clear Quartz - encourages to live as your authentic self without fear of judgement from others.
  • Lapis Lazuli - can help release pent-up emotions, stress, fear or anger; it helps us speak our truth without being afraid of any consequences.

6. Third Eye Chakra (Indigo)

third eye chakra

The sixth chakra resides in the third eye area; you'll find it between the eyebrows in what many people call their "third eye." This part of our brain has to do with intuition, imagination and insight. The third eye chakra is about illumination, idea formation and understanding of the world around us.

The most common signs of imbalance in the third eye chakra include:

  1. An inability to focus
  2. Having a nagging feeling that something is missing in your relationship or social life.
  3. Having a hard time accepting other's views or opinions when it doesn't line up with yours.
  4. Thinking you're always judging people for things they can't change about themselves (weight, skin colour, etc).

What crystals work best for balancing the third eye chakra?

best crystals for the third eye chakra

Natural crystals that have a high level of potassium are excellent for this chakra. They help to improve concentration levels to help you think more clearly while also helping with everyday tasks like cooking or cleaning. These healing stones will also brighten your mood if it's feeling foggy from time to time:

  • Pyrite - can help open up new possibilities and insights into what you are trying to accomplish in these areas.
  • Lapis Lazuli - stimulates analytical thinking and helps you make decisions more easily about future actions or events. 
  • Adventurine - can be used on an everyday basis to help ground your energy or just when you need that little boost of clarity.
  • Amethyst - can help with mental clarity which can be helpful in decision making or difficult situations.
  • Ametrine - aids in opening up one’s mind to new possibilities while being able to maintain a strong intuitive connection with oneself. 

7. Crown Chakra (Violet)

crown chakra

The crown chakra is located on the top of your head and is linked to spiritual awakening, higher consciousness and enlightenment. Harmonising this chakra will help you feel more connected to the universe and can also increase intuition and help you get in touch with your gut feelings.

The most common signs of imbalance in the crown chakra include:

  1. Comparing yourself to others or living your life based on other people's wants and needs.
  2. Lacking a belief in the divine.
  3. Feeling like you're not good enough even though other people compliment you often.
  4. Being easily distracted by technology, television, video games etc.
  5. Being scared that if you're not doing what others want from you, then they will abandon you.

What crystals work best for balancing the crown chakra?

best crystals for the crown chakra

Stones associated with the crown chakra are violet and white (or clear), as these are the two main colours of the 7th energy centre. The crown chakra influences intuition, empathy, imagination, and self-esteem. The following crystals can be used to balance the crown chakra. 

  • Clear Quartz - can enhance positive thoughts while promoting peace and tranquillity and can provide emotional support during difficult times.
  • Amethyst - Helps to promote clarity and self-awareness which can help with decision making and problem-solving.
  • Purple Fluorite - helps calm your mind while also giving clarity on what path you should take or decisions that need to be made.
  • Lepidolite - can help you to release any emotional pain that may be holding you back from living your life fully so you can move forward with ease.
  • Selenite - absorbs negative energy and releases positive energy. Helps to promote spiritual connection, self-awareness, and creativity.

FAQs About Chakra Balancing With Crystals

The Seven Chakras and Crystal healing

How do you know if your chakras are blocked?

When these energy centres get blocked or imbalanced we may experience physical illness or imbalance (headaches), mental anxiety (fear), emotional instability (depression) and/or spiritual disconnect from ourselves or others.

To know if your chakras are blocked, ask yourself the following: 

  • Are your thoughts unclear? 
  • Do you feel like something is holding you back? 
  • Is your mood feeling low or elevated for no reason? 
  • Do you feel tired despite getting lots of sleep?

If yes, you may want to consider meditation or crystal therapy to balance your chakras. It's important to first identify which chakra needs healing so you can target your healing and make crystal therapy more effective for you.

​​How do I balance my seven chakras?

Crystal healing can be used to balance chakras and relieve stress by wearing or holding a crystal near your body according to its purpose. You can also balance out these energy centres by incorporating simple practices like yoga or meditation into your daily life!

  • Meditation is a great way to keep your spiritual energy levels up. It also helps clear out any stress or negative thoughts that might be keeping one or more of your chakras from opening up to their fullest potential.
  • Physical activity such as yoga can help open up the energetic pathways in our body by increasing blood flow and bringing fresh oxygenated cells through them. 

What happens when all seven chakras are open?

When the seven chakras from the root to the crown of your head are all open and spinning at their optimum speed, you should feel more energised and experience renewed confidence and motivation. 

How do I know which crystal will work best for me?

Each crystal has a different healing effect on you which is why it is important to know what your current needs are before choosing one for yourself!

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Shop natural chakra balancing crystals in Elysian Crystal Co’s online store. If you have any questions about the seven chakras or chakra balancing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to help. 



*The information we provide about the metaphysical properties of our crystals is purely for reference only. Our information was formed via a combination of research on how the gemstones have been used by different cultures throughout history and our own personal beliefs. In no way do we recommend using crystals as a substitute for conventional medicine or psychological treatment and we do not claim that they cure or heal medical conditions. We recommend seeing your health care provider for any concerns regarding mental and physical health.