The fifth chakra, more commonly known as the throat chakra, is found in the throat. In the general sense, it’s associated with communication.
It’s the energy center through which you not only communicate or express your personal truth but also the highest truth. It’s your connection to the fifth-dimensional level — the level of the divine plan.
To restore energetic flow to this important energy center, here’s what you need to know:
- What Does the Throat Chakra Do?
- What Causes Throat Chakra Blockage?
- Kickstart Your Throat Chakra Healing in 8 Steps
Let’s explore the importance of the throat chakra and how to heal it in eight easy steps.
What Does the Throat Chakra Do?
The throat chakra in Sanskrit is called Vishuddha, which means ‘especially pure.’ This fifth energy center is located in your throat area and governs the mouth, tongue, and neck.
On the physical level, the throat chakra is associated with the thyroid gland, teeth and gums, jaw, hearing, and nasal passages.
Being the communication center of the body, it governs your ability not only to speak your truth openly and purely but also your ability to understand your needs and desires and be able to communicate them.
This chakra is the seat of self-expression and can be viewed as a crossroads of the heart and the head — serving as a mediator between emotions and thoughts.
The more balanced your fifth chakra is, the more freely and effortlessly it is for you to express yourself in a truthful and pure way.
Thus, an imbalance of your throat chakra and blockages manifests itself in excessive talking, arrogance, dishonesty, gossiping, poor listening, timidity, fear, and manipulative behavior.
What causes throat chakra blockage?
Your throat chakra may be blocked if you lack confidence in expressing your feelings, ideas, and thoughts.
If your 5th Chakra is closed or blocked, you likely experience frustration when it comes to expressing your feelings. This often means not being able to find the correct words, particularly when you are scared of losing something or someone.
Other fears may be related to ridiculing or offending someone close to you.
Deficiencies in the fifth chakra often contribute to several physical ailments, including thyroid imbalances, hearing problems, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, tinnitus, bronchitis, asthma, and ear infections.
Throat chakra as the link to the spiritual plane
The fifth chakra is your link to a so-called causal plane or a high spiritual plane of existence. The fifth chakra is connected to your causal body, known as the most subtle body of all. In other words, you align yourself with the divine plan for your life through your throat chakra as it holds the essence of purity devoid of egoic pursuit and aspirations.
You might seek to heal your throat chakra to be able to express yourself freely and creatively in your day-to-day life. Or you can pursue more spiritual goals to amplify your subtle body and become more attuned to the divine plan for your Soul.
So before you embark on this journey of healing your ‘soul’s gate’, it’s important to start from the zero point of total clarity on where you stand at the moment.
Is your throat chakra out of balance or blocked? How does it manifest in my daily life?
These questions will help you gain total clarity on the state of your fifth chakra:
- Am I talkative?
- Am I manipulative in the words I use?
- Do I gossip?
- Do I listen to others with the intention to understand and genuine interest or do I listen poorly?
- Am I honest with other people in general?
- Am I honest about my own mistakes, and do I openly admit my mistakes and wrongdoings before others?
- Do I say little lies or unnecessary exaggerations?
- Do I speak with the power?
- Do I speak my truth without fear of being ridiculed?
- Do I easily and freely express my thoughts, feelings, and emotions?
Reflect on these questions in your journal, acknowledge your patterns when it comes to self-expression and communication with the external world, and write down your intention to heal it.
Kickstart Your Throat Chakra Healing in 8 Steps
Ready to heal your throat chakra? Follow these steps to start opening your 5th chakra:
- Use positive affirmations
- Use mantras
- Practice mindful eating
- Buy some throat chakra essential oils
- Wear the color blue
- Use throat chakra crystals
Below we’ll deep dive into each of these techniques to align and cleanse the throat chakra:
1. Positive affirmations
A great affirmation to include in your daily mantras would relate to authenticity and open communication. Here are the examples of affirmations to use to break your old patterns and plant new ones:
“I willingly release all fears and negativity that block me from speaking my truth.”
“I lovingly speak my truth and allow my Higher Self to speak through me.
“I use my words to create beauty in this world.”
“I communicate confidently and with ease.”
“I feel comfortable speaking my mind.”
“I am balanced in speaking and listening.”
“I am an active listener.”
“I speak my true thoughts with ease.”
“I set clear boundaries.”
“I consciously align myself with the divine plan.”
Singing is a fantastic method to clear your throat chakra, so start singing in the shower on your way to work or whenever possible. This method works purely on your physical level and helps overcome blockages in your throat chakra.
Singing literally helps you voice your truth out into the world!
3. Singing mantras
Singing mantras do both — clear your throat chakra on both physical and subtle planes. While singing energizes your brain and throat, singing mantras amplifies the effect as they awaken your spirit.
Mantras hold a sacred vibrational frequency that connects you to your essence.
4. Mindful eating
You might probably ask yourself, how does this relate to your throat chakra? The fifth chakra governs your mouth, tongue, and throat. So whatever you consume, or eat, can create a serious blockage, and vice versa; blocked throat chakra affects your relationships with food.
Your inability to express your feelings and emotions manifests as emotional eating. In other words, you binge on unhealthy food or indulge in excessive amounts to numb your unexpressed emotions and fears.
Practicing mindful eating will help you break the pattern of emotional eating as the tool to deal with suppressed or underexpressed emotions and feelings.
And instead, address the core of the problem.
So if you often sway towards emotional eating, starting healing your throat chakra by practicing mindful eating is your best starting point.
5. Essential oils
Since the throat chakra is associated with the throat, neck, and nasal passages on the physical level, essential oils can do pure magic to help you unblock it. They invigorate your energy center through nasal passages when you inhale the aroma deeply with the intention.
Here are the best essential oils for the throat chakra:
Frankincense is beneficial in cases of underactive thyroid. This essential oil amplifies your spiritual awareness and connection with the divine.
Geranium is used to soothe sore throats, clear oily skin, and move stagnant energy in the body. Geranium helps you connect with your emotions on a deeper level. With this connection, you will grow in your ability to freely express your thoughts, emotions, and feelings.
Jasmine is also known as one of the throat chakra’s essential oils for its effect on the voice. It is used in cases of hoarse voice. Jasmine helps you heal your pain and wounds around relationships and intimacy.
Sage is a master healer. For throat chakra issues, this oil is beneficial for gum disease. On an emotional level, it helps ease negative emotional and mental patterns, opening up channels in the upper body and chest area.
This fragrant and fresh aroma invigorates creativity and self-expression.
Warm and spicy clove has traditionally been used for healing mouth, tooth, and gum tissue. Clove also helps regulate your thyroid gland. It promotes a sense of security around self-expression.
6. Think blue
Have thoughts about a beautiful and bright blue light. Blue is the color of the throat chakra.
To be more precise, it’s the celestial blue.
Inhale when you visualize this light and imagine that the light is filling up your throat area with cleansing and healthy light. When you exhale, imagine that you are releasing all your stress and tension.
7. Guided meditation
Using guided meditation, one can also activate the fifth chakra. With its element as ether or space, it signifies your ‘purity’ or Vissudha. There are many YouTube videos and free mp3 downloads online that can demonstrate a step-by-step meditation for newbies.
A powerful breathing meditation to heal the throat chakra
- Sit in a comfortable position with your eyes closed.
- Notice and align your thoughts with your breathing as each breath enters through the nostrils and then passes down the back part of the throat and into the lungs.
- Now exhale this breath slowly out of the mouth, making a conscious effort to listen to the ‘hum‘ sound associated with the air leaving your body.
- When you inhale, the sound will be different and sound like ‘so.’
- Repeat this chant that comes from ancient Sanskrit and enjoy the unbroken and clear sound of your voice every time it enters and then leaves your body.
7. Start journaling
Expressing yourself on paper is one of the most cathartic things you can do to release your inner truth. As such, journaling is one of the best ways to invite spontaneous insight, understanding, and growth into your life because you can dig deep when it’s just you and your pen and heal deeply.
The last but not the least amazing tool that can help you heal your throat chakra are crystals.
You don’t need to place them directly on your throat to make the healing energy of crystals work. The easiest way to tap into their healing energy on a daily basis is to carry them with you.
You can also keep a large stone on your working desk or place a palm stone under your pillow.
What crystal should you choose?
Since the fifth chakra is associated with the celestial blue, any blue crystal can help bring some balance to that area.
Here are your best choices:
- Lapiz Lazuli
- Blue Apatite
- Blue Lace Agate