Tell me, has something felt a bit off lately? Chances are, one or more of your seven chakras is blocked. But what are the seven chakras and what do they mean?
The seven chakras are energy points throughout your body that correspond to various aspects of your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. If a chakra is blocked or unbalanced, you might experience negative symptoms related to that chakra’s area.
Chakras date back to ancient Vedic texts, incorporated into early Buddhism and Hinduism. The word chakra means “wheel,” as each energy center is said to be a delicately balanced spinning vortex and the chakra system overall is a cycle of flowing energies.
Here’s a quick overview of the chakras:
Root (or Base) Chakra
Sacral (or Navel) Chakra
Solar Plexus Chakra
Third Eye (or Brow) Chakra
Keep in mind, the chakra order starts at the bottom of your spine and goes upwards. From here, the chakras are further divided into three groupings: lower, middle, and upper. The lower chakras include the root, sacral, and solar plexus. The middle chakra is the heart, while the upper chakras encompass the throat, third eye, and crown.
Chakra healing is the process of unblocking a particular chakra or bringing all chakras into alignment. In this guide, we’ll go over the seven chakras' meanings, each chakra’s corresponding gemstones, and how to use chakra stones for energy healing.
First of all, what are chakra stones?
Crystals possess powerful healing energies that you can harness to balance particular chakras. What crystals heal chakras? A gem may open one particular chakra or multiple chakras depending on the stone’s color and uses.
Some stones that come in various colors can heal different chakras based on the corresponding color. For example, blue sapphire targets the throat chakra, while yellow sapphire targets the solar plexus chakra.
Additionally, certain gemstones can help align all your chakras to work in harmony with each other. These stones are generally colorless or allochromatic, meaning their purest form is colorless, but impurities often lead to different colors.
Some crystals that balance all chakras are:
But for healing a specific area, what crystals can I use for each chakra? Come along as we take a deeper look into our chakra stones’ meanings and colors.
The first energy center in the chakra system is the root chakra, also called the base chakra, located at the tailbone.
The Sanskrit word for the root chakra is Muladhara, meaning “root of existence.” As its name suggests, the root chakra represents grounding, stability, and fundamental needs for survival.
Color: Red, brown, and black
Rules: Physical needs & connection
Physical aspects under the root chakra encompass the parts of your body that give you stability and structure, including your bones, colon, and lower extremities (legs and feet).
On an emotional level, the root chakra ties to family, trust, and motivation. The way your family meets your needs, the level of trust you give to others, and the way you persist through challenges impact the state of your root chakra.
You’ll know your root chakra is blocked when you feel fearful or frustrated. If you’re on high alert and always looking for threats of danger, this could also be a sign of blockage.
Besides their coloring, root chakra gemstones have healing properties related to this area such as grounding, stabilizing, and energizing.
The two most effective root chakra crystals are black tourmaline and hematite. Black tourmaline is not only grounding, but it also clears negativity and increases willpower. Hematite has similar abilities, protecting and centering you.
Other excellent root chakra crystals include:
Red Garnet & Hessonite Garnet
Red or Brown Zircon
Once we feel confident in navigating the world, the next stage in our development is exploring how to feel, both literally and emotionally.
The second point is the sacral chakra, known in Sanskrit as Svadhisthana, meaning “where the self is established.”
Located just below the navel, the sacral chakra area is where your physical self (established in the root chakra) starts interacting emotionally with the world to establish your identity. This interaction shows up in desire, creativity, self-worth, and reactive feelings to physical sensations.
Rules: Creativity & intimacy
Physically, this chakra governs the tongue, reproductive organs, bladder, and lower back. The sacral chakra’s emotional aspects include recognizing feelings, relating to others, and finding happiness.
A blocked sacral chakra can lead to imbalanced emotional attachments, either through avoidance or codependency. Other signs of blockage include overindulgence, shame, or volatile tempers.
Once the chakra is balanced again, you’ll be able to respect your feelings without being controlled by them. Plus, your emotions can flow freely without shame, allowing you to explore your desires.
Most sacral chakra gemstones are orange, sometimes with other colors mixed in, like brown, pink, or yellow. All sacral chakra gemstones have healing properties that boost creativity, support emotional balance, and/or bring back the playful joy of childhood.
The best crystals for sacral chakra healing are tiger’s eye and carnelian. Both of these crystals can help you prioritize your own emotions first. Tiger’s eye is great for focusing on your own happiness, while carnelian encourages self-trust and creativity.
You can also heal the sacral chakra with:
Coral (Red Coral)
As we settle into our feelings, the next step is discovering what we’re capable of.
The third chakra is the solar plexus, also called the navel chakra after its location just below the breast bone. The Sanskrit term is Manipura, meaning “city of jewels,” and this chakra represents personal growth, self-image, and purpose.
Color: Yellow or gold
Rules: Identity & growth
The parts of your body governed by the solar plexus chakra include your stomach, liver, upper abdomen, and digestive organs. This chakra is also responsible for emotional matters relating to self-esteem, responsibility, and purpose.
Feelings of insecurity, detachment from self, or loss of control are all signs of a blocked solar plexus chakra. To get back in balance, use one of the solar plexus chakra crystals below!
Since the solar plexus is yellow, most of the crystals for balancing it are also yellow, though browns and oranges often show up. After balancing the chakra with these crystals, you can feel greater self-respect and confidence to express your ambitions.
The two best solar plexus chakra stones are amber and citrine. Amber has been used as a courage and confidence stone for centuries, especially for warriors. Citrine is perfect for boosting self-esteem and bringing harmony to your feelings.
Here are more crystals for opening the sacral chakra:
Basalt (Lava Rock)
Golden Topaz (Imperial Topaz)
That completes the lower chakras, so following our order of chakra stones, we’ve reached the middle chakra at the center of it all: the heart!
The fourth energy center is the heart chakra, located at… you guessed it, the heart! In Sanskrit, it’s called Anahata, translating to “unstruck,” “unhurt,” or “unbeaten.”
The Sanskrit meaning also serves as a mantra for this chakra, as it governs compassion, spirituality, and all forms of love. As the center chakra, the heart also harmonizes masculine and feminine energies, along with influencing how willingly we accept change.
Color: Green and pink
Rules: Love & acceptance
The heart, lungs, bloodstream, shoulders, and upper back make up the physical aspects of the heart chakra. Emotionally, the chakra governs your openness and ability to love yourself and others, as well as your willingness to allow others to care for you. Additionally, the heart chakra harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit.
If you feel apathetic, shut off from others, or undeserving of love, your heart chakra may be blocked. Luckily, gemstones are here to help!
Since the heart chakra has two colors instead of one, quite a few colored stones can balance it, particularly green or pink gemstones. These crystals can open your heart to being loved, treating others with empathy, and accepting the ebbs and flows of life.
The best heart chakra gemstones are rose quartz and green jade. Rose quartz is known as the love stone, inviting you to accept and give love unconditionally. Green jade, known as the “Stone of the Heart,” has nurturing energy that unifies the head, heart, and spirit.
Of course, there are many other heart chakra stones:
Green or Pink Calcite
Green or Pink Opal
Once you can love freely, you’ll want to express that love, right? That’s where the throat chakra comes in.
The fifth point and beginning of the “upper chakras” is the throat chakra. Known as Vishudda in Sanskrit, this word means “very pure” or “purification.” This purity relates to pure truth, as the throat chakra represents communication, truth, and understanding.
This chakra is where we learn the deepest truths about ourselves and express them. We also learn to listen and discover truths about the world that we may have taken for granted or not considered before.
Rules: Communication & self-awareness
The physical elements of the throat chakra include your thyroid, vocal cords, mouth, neck, ears, and of course, throat. The emotional side encompasses self-awareness and self-acceptance, along with spiritual growth from a deeper understanding of your purpose.
Pressure and stress can block the throat chakra, leading you to feel suppressed, quiet, or unable to express yourself. Sometimes, an imbalance can swing between being underactive (bottling our feelings) and overactive (taking our feelings out on others without thinking about the effect of our words.)
A balanced throat chakra allows you to gain an objective perspective on what you think and feel, then express it authentically. You can also see others’ perspectives more clearly and utilize your unique voice through creative endeavors. Per the course for chakra gemstones, throat chakra stones are blue or green-blue.
The best throat chakra crystals are lapis lazuli and aquamarine. Called the “Stone of Truth,” lapis lazuli connects to the throat chakra’s power for expression, spiritual wisdom, and active listening. Aquamarine has a slightly softer energy, encouraging reserved or anxious folks to use their voice to speak their truth.
Want more great throat chakra crystals? Check them out:
Crazy Lace Agate
Once you have an authentic understanding of your inner truth, you can start gaining a more profound knowledge of the world.
The sixth energy point is at the center of your forehead, known as the third eye or brow chakra. The Sanskrit name, Ajna, means “command” or “perceiving,” as this chakra represents your intellect, intuition, and perception of the world.
While the throat chakra focuses on our own truths, the third eye allows us to see the world’s hidden qualities and connect to higher spiritual powers for insight.
Color: Indigo, dark blue, and purple
Rules: Intuition & perception
Physical features under the third eye include your head, eyes, pineal gland, lymphatic (fluids) system, endocrine (hormones) system, and brain. Emotionally, the chakra governs your ability to trust your intuition, self-reflect, and get outside your thoughts to enjoy the world around you.
Third eye chakra blockages can make you feel restless, reactive, or timid. An underactive third eye can mean feeling unfocused, afraid of the unknown, and detached from the world. However, an overactive third eye can make you selfish, judgmental, or lost in your thoughts.
With a balanced third eye chakra, you’ll feel in-tune with your inner wisdom and the wisdom of the universe. You may be more insightful and calm, as you can observe your emotions without them controlling you.
The most effective third eye chakra crystals are azurite and labradorite. Azurite is known for stimulating higher consciousness and self-discovery, while labradorite strengthens your intuition for greater spiritual awareness.
Other phenomenal third eye gemstones are:
Basalt (Lava Rock)
Crazy Lace Agate
Blue or Purple Fluorite
Reaching the highest energy point, we transition from the third eye’s focus on higher consciousness to a point beyond consciousness altogether: the crown chakra.
The seventh and highest chakra is the crown chakra, a swirling halo atop your head that beams upwards. In Sanskrit, this chakra is Sahasrāra, meaning “thousand-petaled” after its divine thousand-petaled lotus symbol.
The crown chakra represents purity and enlightenment, the highest spiritual state. It also rules complex thought, divination, and connection to the divine.
Color: Violet, white, and multicolored
Rules: Spirituality & connection with the universe
The crown chakra governs the nervous system, brain, and pituitary gland, regulating all the other chakras’ organs. Emotionally, this chakra rules abstract thinking, self-realization, and spiritual peace.
You’ll know the crown chakra is blocked if you feel confused, disconnected, or caged off from new ideas. An intense need for control is another major symptom of a crown chakra blockage.
An open crown chakra makes you feel elevated, connected with yourself, and one with the universe. Colorless or violet crystals are most common for balancing this chakra, but multicolored crystals can do the job as well.
The best crown chakra gemstones are amethyst and clear quartz. Amethyst is strongly associated with spirituality and tranquility, inviting celestial wisdom and healing into your life. Clear quartz, the “Master Healer,” awakens your soul, enhancing both spiritual and mental clarity.
More stones for crown chakra healing include:
Now that you know what stones represent the seven chakras, it’s time to learn how to use chakra healing stones to become your healthiest self!
But there are so many stones and chakras! Don’t worry; we’ll help you narrow it down.
The first step in chakra healing is deciding if you want to balance all your chakras or target a specific one. Aligning all your chakras allows your body and soul to be open to the universe’s energy and messages.
However, the chakras are an intertwined, symbiotic system, so if one is out of alignment, it can throw off other chakras as well. For comprehensive overall chakra alignment, it’s best to heal them one at a time, starting at the root chakra.
If you have a specific area of healing, you may want to focus on one chakra. For example, let’s say you struggle with vulnerability and it’s affecting your relationships. You’re probably in need of some heart chakra healing.
While you were reading the blockage symptoms of each chakra, did any hit home? That’s probably the chakra that needs healing.
Once you know the chakra you want to open, you can peruse the corresponding gemstones and choose one you already own or find a new favorite to try out!
If you want to align all your chakras, we recommend getting a chakra stones set. Ready-made sets have great chakra stones for beginners, but you can also customize your own set with your favorite crystal from each chakra.
Alright, I have my stones, but how do I unblock my chakras with them? Well, you have a few options.
There are dozens of ways you can heal chakras with gemstones, and the key to choosing the right one for you is to follow your intuition.
Below, we’ll highlight three of the best ways to use chakra gemstones!
Chakra meditation is arguably the most popular method for balancing chakras. However, the term “chakra meditation” can refer to meditating with your stones nearby or using physical chakra crystals placement.
Where do I put my chakra stones on my body?
First, lay on your back. Then, place your chakra stone on its energy area (listed below.) If you’re aligning all chakras, place each chakra stone on its area so you have seven stones lined down your body.
With either method, the last step is to close your eyes and visualize glowing energy filling your chakra, breathing in the crystal’s healing energies, and breathing out the pain.
Alternatively, you can sit cross-legged and hold the chakra gem at its corresponding location:
Root: Between your thighs or near your pelvis
Sacral: Just below your belly button
Solar Plexus: On your stomach above your belly button
Heart: On your sternum
Throat: Between collarbones, below the throat
Third Eye: On your forehead
Crown: On top of your head or on the ground directly above it
Looking for a quicker method for daily use? Try jewelry!
A simple and stylish way to incorporate the healing power of chakra stones is by wearing chakra gemstone jewelry! The best way to do this is by wearing jewelry that lays on or near the chakra.
For instance, a chakra crystals necklace is great for the heart or throat chakra, while earrings are better for the third eye or crown chakra. To keep all your chakras in alignment, you can wear a chakra gemstones bracelet with all seven chakra stones.
Crystals come in small tumbled stones and massive raw specimens, making them perfect for placing in various areas of your room or office.
If you struggle with a particular chakra on a regular basis, incorporating chakra crystals into your decor is a great way to surround yourself with healing energy. Similarly, let’s say you only feel throat chakra imbalance at work. Keeping throat chakra stones on your desk can help you speak up and be heard!
No matter how you choose to use your chakra gems, you’re on your way to a well-rounded, healthier state of being!
With that, you’re all caught up on the seven chakra stones’ meanings, what stone goes on each chakra, and how to find healing with these gems.
A balanced chakra system allows you to feel your best and open yourself to the wisdom and healing of the universe. After all, we are all connected, and a single change can ripple for miles.
Take it from author and spiritual master Amit Ray: “Suddenly you realize: you are in every dot of the universe vanishing and arising.”
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