Tea for the Chakras

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For thousands of years tea has been a staple to many natural and spiritual health practices. Followers of both Buddhism and Hinduism, as well their many variants, have utilized the properties of plants to help heal and energize the metaphysical epicenters of the human body, known as Chakras.

ORIGIN OF TEA: “According to legend, Chinese Emperor Shen Nong discovered tea in 2737 BC while boiling water in the shade of a tree. A light breeze caused some leaves to fall into the water, which the emperor tasted and found to be delicious. Tea was initially used in China as a medicine to treat a variety of ailments, and to increase concentration and alertness. However, due to its refreshing and restorative properties, tea quickly became part of everyday life. “

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What are Chakras?

Simply put, Chakras are incorporeal batteries that are aligned along the center of the spine; they act as a sort of circuit carrying energy throughout the body. There are seven primary Chakras in total, each one representing a spectral color and its associated vital functions. It is believed that when the body falls ill that one or more of the Chakras must be ‘opened’ or energized to heal the illness. This can happen naturally, but more often than not, a short ritual is performed to energize the chakra.

Yogic practices for opening the Chakras include stretching, special breathing techniques, deep meditation, and the utilization of sensory symbols to induce a state of tranquility which allows one to better focus on their internal ailments called ‘blockages’. The object is to experience a warm, healing sensation which should travel up or down the spine, energizing these Chakras, and providing relief to the affected area and its symptoms.

Chakras have more uses than simply warding off ailments. They can also be invoked to provide solutions and clarity to problems, connect with different aspects of the conscious and subconscious mind, and supposedly even allow one to travel beyond the physical plane of existence.

Tea and Ayurvedic Tradition

It is no coincidence that tea and Yoga go hand in hand; Asia is known as the birthplace of both. However, as Yogic traditions continue to become an increasingly more popular trend in the West, so should the practice of enjoying the benefits of the teas that accompany them. After all, this everything but hard science to our Asian neighbors.

We’ve put together the simple guide below for associating teas to Chakras which may aid in specific Chakra related energy work.

Tea for the Chakras

Image result for root chakra The Root Chakra: Muladhara


Chakra Aspect: The Primal Being
Chakra Color: Red
Location: The base of the Spine, Tailbone
Properties: Grounding, Balance, and Security
Associative Flavors: Dark red fruits and pungent, earthy spices offer grounding
Octavia Tea Recommends: Chocolate Chai, Strawberry Rose Campaign Oolong, African Rose Rooibos

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The Sacral Chakra: Swadihisthana

Chakra Aspect: Pleasure and sexuality
Chakra Color: Orange
Location: The tailbone/groin
Properties: Raw Creativity, Sexuality, Stimulation
Associated Herbs: Citrus tones and earthy tannins stimulate creativity
Octavia Recommends: Orange Spiced Chai, Hibiscus Peach Rooibos, Amber Dragon Oolong

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The Solar Chakra: Manipura

Chakra Aspect: Energy and Digestion
Chakra color: Yellow/Gold
Location: Lower back/Gut/Solar Plexus
Properties: Vitality Center, General Health, Energizing
Associative Herbs: Golden fruits, bright minty spices, and honey are known to aid the digestive system and optimize energy production throughout the body.
Octavia Recommends: Mint Juliep, Chamomile Mango, Ancient Yunnan

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The Heart Chakra: Anahata
Chakra Aspect: Wholeness and Unity
Chakra Color: Green
Location: Center of Chest
Properties: Feelings of togetherness, belonging, unity
Associative Herbs: Green vegetables and savory herbs and spices contribute to feelings of unity and wellness of the heart.
Octavia Recommends: Jasmine Green, Zen Super Green, African Rose
Image result for throat chakraThe Throat Chakra: Vishuddha
Chakra Aspect: Communication
Chakra color: Blue/Teal
Location: The Throat
Properties: Speech, effective communication, conveyance of ideas
Associative Herbs: blue fruits, dark grasses, and mint help aid in clarity of thought and promote the communication of ideas more effectively.
Octavia Recommends: Blueberry Green, Lavender Lemongrass, Moroccan Mint

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The Third Eye Chakra: Ajna

Chakra Aspect: Awareness, Consciousness, The Lens
Chakra Color: Indigo
Location: Center of the forehead, between temples
Properties: Spatial Awareness, global thoughtfulness, prophecy
Associative Herbs: Dark Berries and piney spices help awaken the third eye which aids in consciousness and higher understanding
Octavia Recommends: Sweet Berry Dreams, Wild Blueberry, Phoenix Mountain Dancong

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The Crown Chakra: Sahasrara

Chakra Aspect: Divine Connection
Chakra color: Violet or white
Location: Top of Skull or just above
Properties: Love, joy, wisdom, acceptance of all things
Associative Herbs: Violet and white fruits, sweet fragrances, and sacred herbs are believed to help one connect to their divine being.
Octavia Recommends: White Peony, Calming Chamomile, Tropical Ambrosia

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A Basic Energizing Ritual

Indentify

First, try to identify which Chakra is associated with an issue you wish to work on. In some instances, there may be multiple Chakras that require energizing. When attempting to open Chakras to release blockages, it is best to work from the bottom to the top. When in doubt, begin at the Root Chakra.

Prepare

Steep a cup of tea containing the elements of the Chakra that you wish to energize. Sip on it some before you begin any sort of Ayurvedic ritual. A darkened room is an ideal place for meditation; light can be distracting. Soft instrumental or ambient music can help induce relaxation. Spend some time practicing light stretches while particularly stimulating the back and thighs.

Grounding

Find a comfortable sitting position and sit cross-legged on the floor; a mat or blanket is highly recommended. Your sitting position should feel ‘sturdy’, as if you are a tree firmly rooted to the ground. Try to sit as straightly as possible. The best way to find a good beginning position is to pretend that your body is being held up by the knob at the base of your neck. Let the rest of your body fall completely loose and relaxed — that one point should be holding up your entire body. Let your hands fall loosely on your knees. Close your eyes and begin taking long, regulated breaths from the diaphragm. Feel the air filling your lungs; you are taking in energy. You will use this energy to help energize your Chakras.

*You may feel some discomfort as your muscles adjust to being used in this manner. If you cannot relax and focus, you cannot heal. Take a break, stretch some more, and try again later.

Visualize and Feel

You may attempt to open any Chakra you wish, however for all intents and purposes, it is best to simply open all of them in order. Focus on the root Chakra first. Allow your body to try to sense your tailbone; you should feel weight and grounding. Imagine a glowing red ball there. As you breath in, you should be able to sense it brightening and becoming warmer. If you are having difficulty, be sure to mind your posture and breathing; relax and keep trying. If you were able to successfully open the root Chakra, simply move on to the next one. The Sacral Chakra is in your groin. It is orange and affects creativity and sexuality. Make it glow and feel its warmth. Continue to work your way upwards, connecting each Chakra and filling it with energy. When you have finished, you should feel refreshed, relaxed, and invigorated for a time. Once you are comfortable with this basic exercise, research and try new positions and learn some of the more advanced functions of the Chakras.

Finally, drink more tea. Cheers!

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