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If you’re looking for a way to tap into your creativity, sensuality, and sexuality, some people say to look no farther than your own body — specifically, the sacral chakra.
The chakras are believed by some to be energy centers distributed throughout the body, with seven of the main chakras located along your spine.
These wheel-like energy points are associated with different physical and emotional functions in the human body, affecting your overall well-being.
The second of these main chakras is the sacral chakra, also known by some as the “sex chakra.” Some people believe it:
- enhances creative expression
- improves sexual intimacy
- increases intuition
Though there’s no scientific evidence to support the existence of the chakras, they’re part of religious and spiritual belief systems around the globe, including Buddhism and Hinduism.
The sacral chakra is believed to be located below the navel, where the perineum is. It’s said to govern the sex organs and the kidneys, though this isn’t supported by scientific research.
It’s associated with the water element and portrayed as a vibrant orange color. It’s also often represented by a six-petalled lotus flower.
Some believe this chakra is governed by Parvati, the Hindu goddess of fidelity, fertility, and power.
“The Sanskrit name [for the sacral chakra] is Svadhisthana,” says certified chakra and crystal healer Laura Konst. “The symbol of the sacral chakra is a moon crescent, which represents the relationship between the tides of water and the phases of the moon.”
In Sanskrit, Svadihsthana means “where your being is established.”
According to some traditions, the sacral chakra is linked to pleasure, sexuality, and joy.
Most of these claims are based on anecdotal evidence, religious texts, and ancient traditions, many of which are still practiced by millions of people today.
While there’s no scientific evidence to support the metaphysical properties of chakras, many cultures and traditions believe that chakra work is beneficial.
According to Candice Covington, author of “Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice,” the sacral chakra is associated with several characteristics.
- sensuality, sexual intimacy, and giving and receiving pleasure
- creativity and unstructured expression
- birthing environments, things that wax and wane, and the principle of non-permanence
- healthy emotions and the inner child
- the divine feminine
Shadow issues — or negative qualities — associated with the sacral chakra include:
“With [overactivity in] this chakra, in particular, you exhibit being consumed by and drowning in emotions, being emotionally tempestuous, and using escapism to avoid life,” says Covington says.
According to Covington, signs of an overactive sacral chakra can include:
- feeling consumed by your emotions, as if drowning in them
- experiencing emotional ups and downs
- using escapism to avoid life
- showing obsessive affection that isn’t returned
- engaging in inappropriate expressions of sexuality
Konst says an overactive sacral chakra often results in emotional highs and lows.
“You may try to retain a sense of control by lashing out and exhibiting controlling and manipulating behaviors toward others,” she says. “Imbalances can manifest in both spectrums and lead to emotional outbursts or an apathetic and disconnected attitude.”
According to Konst and Covington, one of the first signs of a blocked sacral chakra is emotions that feel unbalanced or off-kilter.
“A closed sacral chakra can make you feel detached from your own emotions as well as the emotions of the people around you,” says Konst. “You may feel isolated and anxious to be alone and lonely. It’s a vicious cycle that can cause loneliness as well as anxiety.”
To tell if your sacral chakra is blocked, Covington advises closely observing the energies, actions, and traits that are active in your life.
“When a chakra is blocked, its energy becomes stagnant and your ability to access the gifts associated with the sacral center become difficult,” she says. “Its shadow aspects are also active and dominant in your life.”
Many people believe chakras can become blocked and unbalanced. This is said to affect our physical and emotional functioning.
While there are no scientifically backed methods for healing the sacral chakra, one
Though energy and chakra healing shouldn’t be relied on alone, they can be a supportive part of a well-rounded treatment plan.
If you want to restore balance to your sacral chakra, Covington and Konst suggest a few practices, including:
Meditation and yoga
Covington says a meditation that invokes the water element of the sacral chakra can be incredibly powerful.
“This seemingly simple act will clear the shadow energies and bring the gift aspects of the sacral chakra into sharp focus to be utilized in your life,” says Covington.
Konst recommends yoga as well.
“Yoga is a great practice for chakra healing and many poses specifically connect with certain chakras,” she explains. “It’s all about being conscious of your body, breath, and mind, and learning to manipulate the flows of energy through your chakras.”
Popular yoga poses for the sacral chakra include:
Affirmations are short, positive statements that you regularly repeat to alter your outlook. Konst says they’re a great tool for chakra healing.
She suggests the following affirmations to balance the sacral chakra:
- “I trust my feelings. I trust myself.”
- “I am safe to express my sexuality.”
- “I allow my creativity to flow freely.”
Some people believe that essential oils can balance the chakras.
Different oils are said to correspond to different energy centers. They’re often applied to the skin or added to a bath after being diluted with a carrier oil.
Essential oils that may help balance the sacral chakra include:
While research suggests there are health benefits, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t monitor or regulate the purity or quality of essential oils. It’s important to talk with your healthcare provider before you begin using essential oils.
Crystals and stones
Crystals and stones are often used in chakra healing work and are usually placed over the chakra during meditation.
Covington recommends using moonstone.
“Moonstone has the rare gift of bringing what one needs versus what one wants,” she says. “It also helps us develop a profound emotional intelligence, a relationship with the deep unconscious, and a connection to the energy of the divine feminine.”
Konst recommends working with the following:
- Tiger’s eye (especially gold-colored): for heightening the primal connection and leading with courage
- Citrine: for manifesting joy and becoming reacquainted with life’s simple pleasures
- Autumn jasper: for compassion and protecting your positive space
- Carnelian: for unleashing creativity and discovering hidden gifts
- Mookalite (especially red-colored): for embracing change and resolving difficult situations
Before healing your sacral chakra, Konst recommends balancing your root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and is known as Muladhara in Sanskrit.
“Once your root chakra is balanced, it’s much easier to move on to your sacral chakra,” says Konst. “I would start with a reflection on your emotions, sexuality, and creativity.”
She also points out that acknowledging your true feelings is a great first step in any healing work.
Konst suggests picking one or two crystals that correspond with the sacral chakra, writing down a single affirmation each day for 7 days, and starting a regular meditation practice.
Supplement the sacral chakra
Covington says diet can also be beneficial when it comes to balancing the sacral chakra. While this isn’t supported by science or mainstream nutrition, foods with certain qualities are traditionally associated with particular chakras and elements.
Covington suggests eating foods that have qualities associated with the sacral chakra and the water element.
In her book Vibrational Nutrition: Understanding the Energetic Signature of Foods, Covington recommends the following foods for sacral chakra healing:
- black cherry tomato
- Padrón pepper
- gala apple
- mandarin orange
- Venus clam
Other foods could include figs or pomegranates, which are often associated with fertility in religious lore.
Balancing your chakras is believed to sometimes result in a process known as “awakening,” though this is said to be rare.
“The term ‘awakening’ means that the connection with your sacral chakra is fully balanced, open, and very strong,” says Konst. When this happens, “you’ve reached ‘your own place, your sacred being.”
She believes you may notice a shift in your relationships with:
You may also start to develop:
- stronger intuition
- equilibrium in your emotions
- an increase in your creativity
- improved emotional health
- greater sexual intimacy
The sacral chakra is believed to be the second chakra in the human body. It’s thought to govern how you experience sexuality, creative expression, emotions, and more.
According to most traditions, it can become blocked and unbalanced, as can the other chakras in the body.
There are many complementary therapies that aim to heal and balance the sacral chakra, including meditation, affirmations, and working with essential oils and crystals.
While none of these practices or the existence of chakras themselves are supported by science, they are generally considered safe as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle and medical care.
Victoria Stokes is a writer from the United Kingdom. When she’s not writing about her favorite topics, personal development, and well-being, she usually has her nose stuck in a good book. Victoria lists coffee, cocktails, and the color pink among some of her favorite things. Find her on Instagram.