Guest Post by Tom Petruno, Herbalist
A throat chakra that is not working optimally is one of the most physically apparent chakra blockages.
It can show itself as one of the many illnesses and aches of the throat or just blockages of mucus.
Luckily for us, there are many herbs that can be extremely helpful in healing the area. Also, many of the herbs that are beneficial correspond with the fall and winter holidays, times when we come together in large groups. In groups of family and friends is often where our throat chakra can more easily fall under attack as we are less likely to speak up, and more likely for our expression to be suppressed in some way.
So, what herbs can help you to heal your throat chakra, and keep it healed? Below you will find my favorites.
8 Herbs for Healing the Throat Chakra
Mentha x piperita is a stimulating nervine, and an herb that relaxes your nervous system while simultaneously giving you a little boost of vigor. For the throat chakra, peppermint has a few tricks up its sleeve. The plant is considered an anti-catarrhal, this is a substance that hinders the build up of catarrh, or mucus. In peppermint’s application to the throat chakra, this is usually mucus that clogs your upper respiratory system. The clogging of this area is a sign that you may have a throat chakra blockage. Using peppermint can help to clear out this build up and allow your throat chakra to open and flourish.
Due to the menthol components of peppermint it also displays a cooling action on the mouth. Although this is a physical feeling, there are very few things (if any) that are only physical without an energetic or spiritual basis. Energetically, this makes potentially heated words coming out of your mouth cool off, and they come out a little more civil and are better taken by the recipient of those words. Peppermint can be a great herb to use when you know you have to have a difficult talk with someone and you think you may regret some of the lines that could come out of your mouth.
Peppermint is great made into a tea! Find the loose herbs you need here.
2. Wood Betony
As many of us know, it can be hard to hold a conversation or speak in front of a group when you are built up with anxious energy. Nervous energy that is holding you back from communicating is many times a throat chakra issue, and probably connected to other chakra blockages. If you have this problem talking to other beings in physical form, it is likely that your communication with spirit is also hindered in some way. Stachys betonica is a nervine that can aid you in this issue. The antispasmodic and mild sedative properties really kick in to allow your body to chill out. The butterflies, the frog in the throat, these are all things wood betony can help to eliminate.
Cinnamomum cassia provides a balance to peppermint. Although they have different feelings on the body, they can bring the same action. Cinnamon tends to warm things, you can feel your mouth warm up when you enjoy something containing cinnamon. It will warm your entire body. This helps in conversations where the dictator seems to be tough and unsympathetic to the situations of those that are listening. It warms the words coming out so they are not cold and heartless. This could be a great herb for people in management positions where they may have to deliver discipline and performance reviews. The warming of cinnamon and cooling of peppermint act to balance the speech and meet in the middle at a compassionate and loving place, not one of rage emotion or apathy.
Lobelia inflata is one of the best relaxant nervines you can find. It is also an extremely powerful herb that should be used with caution, ample research, and intention. While this plant relaxes you mentally, it stimulates your circulatory system allowing you to take powerful deep breaths and in turn to speak powerful words. Lobelia is a supreme herb for clairaudient practice as it allows your words to transcend realms and dawn upon the ears of the spirit with more force. Sometimes spirit can be slightly dissociated with the words we say as physical beings and it needs to come through with more strength to hit home. Lobelia can make that happen. Due to its stimulating effects on ones respiration, it can also be very helpful for those that suffer from asthma, another manifestation of an ill throat chakra.
Along with peppermint and cinnamon, clove, Syzygium aromaticum, is one of the quintessential flavors and smells of the winter season. It can be physically healing to the mouth and throat area through analgesic and antiseptic properties. Clove is particularly helpful for toothaches. When words are exchanged this herb has a particular way of releasing pain energy in a loving and not malicious nature. Coming from a tree, it holds a stoic and nurturing presence allowing individuals to take comfort in its embrace.
Mentha spicata is generally accepted as one of the oldest mints, in fact it has given rise to many other mint varieties like peppermint. This very familiar flavor has many of the same qualities of peppermint, only milder, like the textbook cooling and warming sensations. Spearmint can come in most handy when the body is going through a purge, specifically of the throat or upper chakras. It helps to rejuvenate the system and clear out any remaining energy that does not belong. It has both a gentle energizing and relaxing effect on the nervous system making this nervine a wonderful addition to childrens tea blends.
Sambucus nigra is a popular folk gypsy remedy and you can literally use the whole plant in some sort of healing method. The flowers and fruits of this shrub are the only parts generally pleasant to be used internally. The bark for instance is purgative and emetic, meaning it is a strong laxative and induces vomiting. Please consult an herbalist if you feel this is a necessary use for you. The flowers which have a very nice aroma are anti-catarrhal, they soothe inflamed mucus membranes to rid the body of excess mucus or stop its secretion. This is particularly valuable if you are fighting a cold or the flu. The flowers help rid the body of foreign materials and wastes through mucus more efficiently. A cold or a flu is usually a sign of chakra blockages, especially of the throat variety. Elderberry gummies and elderberry syrup are both tasty and effective ways of harnessing the power of the berries of the plant which have similar use to the flowers.
Echinacea angustifolia/purpurea is one of our most popular native herbal plants in the United States. You can see these cone flowers growing in many flower beds across the nation. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, it is in danger in the wild so please use ethically grown and harvested plants, or grow your own as they are quite easy to cultivate. This immune tonic powerhouse is also one of the more important herbs to modern day herbalism and is said to have brought herbalism back into view of the general public. For this alone, you can see that echinacea has extremely powerful energetic qualities, giving a voice to an underground science and art.
The throat chakra is a place that is extremely easy to have an energetic blockage. Luckily it is also one of the easier to clear, heal, and diagnose. Every year colds creep into many of our lives, this can be seen as a weakness through energetic imbalance. Keeping balance can start with your throat chakra and when it is healthy you will see a marked difference in the instances severity of illness you go through annually.
Want a specific healing recipe for the Throat Chakra? Check out the Chakra Tea eBook, which contains herbal tea recipes for healing each of the 7 chakras, including the Throat Chakra.
Thanks for reading!
Tom Petruno is an herbalist who draws on his connection with Spirit, and background in biology and ecology to provide herbal recommendations, resources, and knowledge. He enjoys sharing his love for and knowledge of the Plant Realm through writing blog posts and working personally with friends and family for their herbal health needs.
LAST UPDATED: February 9, 2016
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