This is just a rundown of the various details and associations I have found that correspond to each chakra. I use it as a quick reference and now the rest of the internet can too if they so choose.
The Root Chakra – Muladhara
The Root Chakra is related to Instinct, Security, Survival and basic human potential. This center is located in the region between the genitals and the anus. Although no endocrine organ is placed here, it is said to relate to the inner adrenal glands, the adrenal medulla and is responsible for the fight or flight response when survival is under threat. In this region there is a muscle located, that controls ejaculation in the sexual act of the human male. A parallel is charted between the sperm cell and the ovum where the genetic code lies coiled within the Kundalini. Symbolized by a lotus with four petals, and located at the base of the spine, it contains the primary eight cells that have all of the knowledge of creation and remain the only cells in your body that do not change though out your life time. It grounds us in the physical realm.
Primary Functions: Survival, grounding, male sexuality, stability and the sense of smell.
Location: Base of Spine
Food: Root-based vegetables, high protein, spices.
Crystals & Stones: Earthy colors of Red, Black and Brown stones like garnet, ruby, red jasper, obsidian and hematite will stimulate the root chakra. Simply being in their presence is all that is required. Keep them close by through out your day or when you sleep.
Technique to open or balance: Sitting directly on the Earth, Dancing.
The Sacral Chakra – Svadhistana
The Sacral Chakra is located in the sacrum and is related to base emotion, sexuality and creativity. The sacral chakra is considered to correspond to the testicles and the ovaries that produce various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle, which may cause dramatic mood swings. Symbolized by a lotus with six petals, it is located just beneath the navel and is related to our sexual and reproductive capacity. Blockages can manifest as emotional problems or sexual guilt.
Primary Functions: Creativity, female sexual energy, desire, pleasure, stability, self-confidence, well-being and the sense of taste.
Location: The lower belly.
Food: Sweet fruits, honey, nuts and spices.
Crystals & Stones: Orange stones like tiger’s eye, carnelian, yellow jasper and dark citrine will stimulate the sacral chakra. Carrying them with you through out the day is enough to benefit from their energies or keep them around your waits in a belt or pocket.
Technique to open or balance: Create new ways of expressing yourself; dance, practice, exercise.
The Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
The Solar Plexus Chakra is related to transformation from simple; or base, to complex emotion, energy, assimilation and digestion, and is held to correspond to the roles played by the pancreas and the outer adrenal glands; the adrenal cortex. These play a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food matter into energy for the body. Symbolized by a lotus with ten petals, this is the “seat” of our emotions. It gives us a sense of personal power in the world. A blockage here can manifest as anger or a sense of being victimized.
Primary Functions: Will, determination, assertion, personal power, laughter, joy, anger and the sense of sight.
Location: Mouth of the stomach.
Food: Granola, grain, dairy and spices.
Crystals & Stones: Yellow stones like citrine, yellow topaz agate and lightly colored amber will stimulate the solar plexus chakra. Lay down with the stone over your plexus and visualize fast moving, hot energy moving from the stone, through your body and back into the stone in a never ending cycle.
Technique to open or balance: Rubbing your belly while being aware of the energy radiating from your solar plexus, breathing exercises that include your diaphragm.
The Heart Chakra – Anadhata
The Heart Chakra is related to complex emotion itself, compassion, love, equilibrium and your well-being. It is related to the thymus, located in the chest. The thymus is an element of the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system. it produces T cells responsible for fending off disease and may be adversely affected by stress. Symbolized by a lotus with twelve petals; a blockage in this chakra can manifest as immune system or heart problems, or a lack of compassion.
Primary Functions: Love, wisdom, stability, perseverance, mental patience, equilibrium, pleasure, compassion and the sense of touch.
Location: Center of the chest.
Food: Leafy green vegetables, air vegetables, liquids and spices.
Crystals & Stones: Pink and green stones like Jade, aventurine malachite, rose quartz and watermelon tourmaline will stimulate the heart chakra. Lay down with the stone over your heart and visualize pockets of pain in your mind body and soul being washed away and replaced with healing energy.
Technique to open or balance: Meditating, practice yoga, swimming and other bodily based exercises.
The Throat Chakra – Visuddha
The Throat Chakra is related to communication and growth, growth being a form of expression. This chakra is parallel to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone that is responsible for growth and maturity. Symbolized by a lotus with sixteen petals, it is tied to communication and creativity. It feels pressure when you are not communicating emotions properly.
Primary Functions: Communication through creativity, expression, eloquence, intuition, synthesis and the sense of hearing.
Color: Azure Blue
Element: Life and Sound.
Location: Base of the Throat.
Food: Most liquids, tart or tangy fruits, tree grown fruits and spices.
Crystals & Stones: Blue stones like blue lace, azurite and lapis lazuli will stimulate the throat chakra. Lie with a blue stone resting on your throat or wear it as a pendant.
Technique to open or balance: Sing, chant, hum, breathing exercises that include the aural system.
The Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
The Third Eye Chakra is linked with the pineal gland which may inform a model of its envisioning. Ajna is held as the Chakra of Time, awareness and light. The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep, dreams and awakening. Symbolized by a lotus with only two petals; the pineal gland is the physical eye with the capabailities of looking inwards, outward and upward.
Primary Functions: Perception, Intuition, Imagination, Visualization, Concentration, Self-mastery, Extra Sensory Perception.
Element: Time and Light.
Location: Between the eyebrows.
Food: Darkly colored fruits, vegetables, liquids and spices.
Crystals & Stones: Violet and purple stones like amethyst, amethyst quartz and purple quartz will stimulate the crown chakra. Lay still for a few minutes while slowly rubbing the stone on your forehead in small, slow, clockwise SPIRALS.
Technique to open or balance: Meditation, guided visualization.
The Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
The Crown Chakra is generally considered to be the chakra of Consciousness. Its role may be envisioned somewhat similarly to the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system and also connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. The thalamus is thought to have a key role in the physical basis of consciousness. Symbolized by a lotus with a thousand petals; it is located on the crown of the head and connects you with messages from a higher realm. Blockages can be experienced as pressure or pain on the top of your head.
Primary Functions: Union, Bliss, Empathy
Color: White or Violet; may also assume the color of the dominant chakra.
Element: Space and Thought.
Location: Top of the head.
Food: Air, Incense, and smudging herbs.
Crystals & Stones: White or clear stones like moonstone, pearl and even diamond will stimulate the crown chakra. Simply placing them under your pillow while you sleep is enough.
Technique to open or balance: Meditation, guided visualization, and energy work.