Over the past few years, anxiety and depression have been sweeping the nation – especially here in the Bluegrass Region. Therapists tell you to mediate, do yoga, and avoid stressors that lead to depression. This is hard to do when you have lost your job, cannot pay your bills or live in fear of a home foreclosure.
I have recently taken up meditation and aroma therapy with some results, although I don’t know if it is because I want them to work or I imagine they work. But I’m going to stick with it.
I have recently been reading up on Chakras. Chakra is used in alternative religions, referring to vortices circles believed to exist in the surface of the etheric double of man (Leonardo da Vinci). The chakras are “force centers”, or energy permeating from a point on the physical body, the layers of the subtle bodies in an ever increasing fan formation. These focal points help to receive and transmit energies. The western chakras, the most well-known, consist of seven chakras.
Because many plants have healing powers, I recently discovered several articles on growing Chakra gardens and I am making plans to design one for next year. The garden will consist of:
- 1stChakra: This chakra tells where you are coming from, resulting in roots, self-preservation, and grounding abilities. The color is red and is centered on genetics. Flowers for this chakra: dandelion, peony, and dianthus.
- 2ndChakra: This chakra represents desire, movement, and the ability to change. The color is orange and is centered elimination and sexual organs. Flowers for this chakra: calendula, oregano, lady’s mantel, rhubarb and nasturtiums.
- 3rdChakra: This chakra tells about your center core and self-definition. The color is yellow and is focused on digestion and the immune system. Flowers for this chakra: yarrow, fennel, purple coneflower, astragalus, and lemon balm.
- 4thChakra: The chakra is all about love, self-acceptance and compassion. The color is green and it works with the heart. Flowers for this chakra: winter savory, sweet marjoram, rose geraniums, lemon verbena, and St. John’s wort.
- 5thChakra: This chakra taps into your creativity and communication. The color is sky blue and focuses on the throat and ears. The flowers for this chakra are: blue vervain, coltsfoot, hyssop, and lamb’s ear.
- 6thChakra: This chakra effects intuition and memory. The color is indigo and focuses on problems of the head. Flowers for this chakra are: feverfew, rosemary, Gotu Kola and Ayurvedic (both are difficult to grow in the Bluegrass).
- 7thChakra: This chakra gives you self-realization. The color is violet and it works on the top of head. Flowers for this chakra: holy basil, white sage, shrub roses, angelica, ceremonial tobacco, and mugwort.