Ultimate Guide to Your Heart Chakra

The heart chakra has a unique and powerful role in your energy system. Here we’ll explore everything there is to know about heart chakra healing. Your heart chakra fourth of the seven chakras, making it the intersection where your physical and spiritual self meet.  

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Heart Chakra Meaning

What is the heart chakra? Your energetic body is made up of seven main centers known as chakras, which means ‘wheel’ in the ancient language of Sanskrit.  

Your heart chakra, or Anahata in Sanskrit, is represented by the color green in the illustration below. However it also aligns with the color pink. All of your beliefs and experiences around love and forgiveness are held here in the heart chakra.

illustration of heart chakra in chakra system
The heart chakra is fourth from the bottom, color green.

Heart Chakra Characteristics

Here are the basics of the heart chakra:

  • Sanskrit Name: Anahata

  • Number: 4 of 7

  • Color: Green, pink

  • Location: Center of chest 

  • Body Parts: heart, lungs, breasts, arms, thymus, circulatory system

  • Themes: Love, compassion, forgiveness, romance, grief

  • Element: Air

  • Musical Note: C

  • Planet: Venus

  • Astrology: Taurus, Libra

  • Mantra: Yam

  • Symbol: Green 12-petaled lotus enveloping a six pointed star 

  • Haven Shoppe Healing Blend: Feel The Love

woman practicing yoga in front of heart chakra symbol
Heart chakra symbol

Do You Have a Heart Chakra Blockage?

The heart chakra is all about love. So of course this includes your romantic relationships and dynamics with the people dear to your heart. But most importantly, we need to consider self-love when healing the heart chakra. 

Let’s do a little assessment to see if your heart chakra is blocked or open. Ask yourself: 

  • Am I grieving the lost of a loved one or end of a relationship? 
  • Do I have unreleased guilt?
  • What heartaches need to be healed?  
  • Whom do I need to forgive?
  • Do I forgive easily or hold onto resentment?  
  • Am I guarded with my heart to avoid getting hurt?  
  • Do I have a feeling of inner peace?  

When your heart chakra is blocked or out of balance, you will feel:

  • emotionally guarded
  • sad
  • guilt
  • resentment
  • judgmental
  • difficulty forgiving  
  • shame
  • chronic anger (which is usually a sign of underlying pain)

On the other hand, when your heart chakra is in balance, you will feel:

  • compassionate
  • loving
  • accepting
  • peaceful
  • willing to forgive 
  • joyful

How to Heal Your Heart Chakra

You deserve a peaceful heart and a life full of love. Let’s discuss how to bring healing to your heart with these heart chakra healing exercises.  

Focus on Forgiveness

It’s totally normal to have emotional triggers. Can you think of a person or situation that still upsets you, even if the incident is far in the past? 

If you take only one reminder from this article, let it be that forgiveness is an exercise in self-love. 

When you hold onto anger, grief, victimization it hurts you on every level of your being. Forgiveness just means you’re exchanging your pain for inner peace. It has nothing to do with anyone else, and no one else even has to know. Forgiveness is personal work that you do for your own wellness.  

Practice Self Love

How’s your inner monologue, your self-talk? Are you kind to yourself or harsh and judgmental? We’re usually harder on ourselves than we’d ever dare be to anyone else! 

If you’re holding onto guilt or shame, take this as a sign to let yourself off the hook. Shame is the most toxic emotion you can have. It holds a very low vibration, so it can make you physically ill when it goes unaddressed. Whatever you’re punishing yourself for, I promise that you’re being too hard on yourself. It’s time to forgive yourself so you can move forward on your healing journey.   To learn more about how to practice self love, read this.

Heart Chakra Healing Stones and Crystals

Your heart chakra responds readily to stones that are pink or green in color. Place them around the bathroom while you’re taking a bath or under your bed so they can heal your heart wounds while you sleep. Notice which crystals you’re intuitively drawn to from the list below and click to view them on Amazon. To learn more about how to use your crystals, read this.

Here are the best stones for the heart chakra:

Another option is to wear crystal jewelry, like these chakra heart bracelets. The first one balances all seven chakras. The second one is rose quartz, and focuses on balancing the heart chakra specifically. Click to see them on Amazon.

Heart Chakra Essential Oils

The amygdala is part of the brain that houses emotional trauma. It can be stimulated through your sense of smell, so aromatherapy can help your heart chakra to heal. 

Feel The Love emotional support mist was created for your heart healing. It balances the heart chakra with essential oils, crystal essences, and a beautiful affirmation on the bottle.  When your heart feels tender, just close your eyes and mist the air around you. You’ll feel your heart chakra opening as a result. It also comes in a roll-on.

Feel The Love heart chakra spray
Feel The Love heart chakra spray

If you’d rather buy straight essential oils to use in a diffuser, these are the best for the heart chakra. 

  • Rose Absolute is a powerful heart healer. It promotes a joyful heart and is known to help reduce blood pressure 
  • Lime is uplifting and promotes emotional balance
  • Rosewood can help ease depression 
  • Neroli is especially good for sadness and grief
  • Melissa heals emotional wounds and is known to calm anxiety

Music for Heart Chakra Healing

Your can open your heart chakra through sound. Music taps into memory and can therefore help you release emotions that you’re ready to process.   

The color green vibrates at the same frequency as the C note on the musical scale. You’ll be amazed how your body responds to soothing music, especially middle C.

Try these heart chakra music options:  

Heart Chakra Foods

Look for foods that are green, since that’s the color of your heart chakra. Also, any food that’s good for your physical heart will open up your Anahata.   

This water bottle comes with a rose quartz wand built in. The rose quartz  will raise the vibration of your water so you can enjoy heart chakra healing with every sip.


Your desire to heal is the first big step of this emotional journey. Affirmations can help you speed up the healing process by raising your vibration. Here are some to try, or for a deeper dive, check these out:  

These focus on self love: 29 Soothing Heart Chakra Affirmations for Inner Peace


Meditation is an excellent way to heal your root chakra. Here are some options for you to explore: 

  • Sit or lie quietly. Imagine your heart center glowing a bright green or pink color.  
  • Listen to a heart chakra healing meditation.
  • Chant the mantra for the heart chakra, ‘yam’ aloud or in your mind.   

Yoga Poses for the Heart Chakra

Yoga poses can help to open your heart center and support your healing. Any pose that allows you to stretch your chest area will help heal your heart. Try this beginner’s video that’s specific to heart chakra healing


If you’re being guided to work on your heart chakra, it’s a call to be more gentle with yourself. Make time for your favorite self-care rituals and be kind to yourself. For even more tips on heart healing, check out the  Ultimate Guide to Heart Healing

XO,  Andrea

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About The Author

Andrea has been practicing aromatherapy and reiki in Central NY since 2016. She's been featured in publications such as Energy Magazine.
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