The throat chakra

The fifth Chakra.

Where is it?

In your throat, between the collar bone and the larynx in the neck.

Other Names

Vishuddha, meaning ‘purification’

Element: Ether (space)

Colour: Blue

Essential Oils: Frankincense, Geranium, jasmine, lavender, eucalyptus, sandalwood, tea tree.

Crystals: Amazonite, turquoise, aquamarine, lapis lazuli, blue topaz.

Signs of a Blocked or Imbalanced Throat Chakra

Anything to do with self-expression or communication. The urge to keep your opinions to yourself,

  • Being unwilling or unable to speak up for or defend yourself, express your opinion or state your choices.
  • Feeling anxious about communicating
  • Be fearful about expressing your personal truth or opinion for fear of ridicule
  • An imbalance in the other direction could manifest itself by a tendency to talk too much or bleat on without making a clear point, interrupting and talking over people or dominating conversations, or needing to have the final word.

Physically, you may have a raspy or sore throat, mouth ulcers, thyroid issues, sinus or ear infections or tight neck and shoulder muscles

Physically you may have a sore throat, neck pain or thyroid related issues.

How to Unblock or Re-Balance

It’s important to be able to speak openly and honestly, all while doing so with care and concern for others. It’s also important to be able to speak your truth to yourself. When you can express your thoughts clearly, you will find you feel heard and understood.

  • Have a professional energy healing session, either Reiki or Prana.
  •  Protect your neck, particularly in cold weather or situations you feel you may be vulnerable. A light scarf will do the trick.
  • Bring in the colour blue. Wear a blue stone around your neck.
  • Do neck stretches. (check out for some good ones).
  • Focus on your breath. A breathing technique called ‘lion’s breath’ is said to be beneficial for the throat chakra (method quoted from –
    • Inhale through your nose
    • Open your eyes and mouth wide
    • Stick out your tongue and “roar’ your breath out audibly – the breath you exhale should be loud, like a lion’s roar.
  • Good old journaling. This can be especially helpful, here. Writing down things you would like to say and hesitate to will help.
  • Chant, sing or hum – anything that will (literally) cause your throat to vibrate.
  • There are different yoga poses that help balance/unblock the throat chakra.


The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercer

Practical Guide to Chakras and Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia (

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