The Sacral Chakra is located at the lower abdomen, also called Svadisthana and is the color orange. Orange is the color of joy and wisdom, and can diminish depression. The essential oils of this Chakra include Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Petitgrain, as well as Moonstone, Carnelian and Tourmaline crystals.
Its symbol is the 6 petal lotus and its element is water. The effects of this Chakra include stimulating desire and rejuvenation. When out of harmony the individual feels unsure, unstable and cannot express feelings, suppressing natural needs.
This Chakra is associated with change, movement, pleasure, emotions, creativity, confidence and sexuality.
When blocked or imbalanced this leads to lack of pleasure in one’s life, and dependence, which leads to poor mental health. Excessive amounts of unhealthy pleasure, such as drug use and substance abuse, or excessive materialism also lead to poor mental health, and it is the Sacral Chakra which is associated the strongest with pleasure.
Emotions are our reactions to pleasure and pain, also influenced by the Sacral Chakra, they begin in the unconscious mind, and are the evolution of consciousness through the body. Pleasure helps us to relax and release tension, which are essential to good mental health.
Wilhelm Reich conducted experiments and researched bioelectric currents of the body to discover that sexual satisfaction was essential to physical and mental health. He also discovered that unreleased sexual energy led to ill mental health including causing anxiety