The Pineal Gland and Third Eye

Physical significance of the Pineal gland

The pineal Gland, often referred to as the third eye, is located between your eye brows in the midline of the brain (close to the Hypothalamus and Pituitary gland). It’s about the size of a grain of rice and is shaped like a pine cone.

The exact function of the Pineal Gland is still unknown to science but microscopic examination has revealed it is made of rod shaped, light sensitive cells. Kind of like those found in the retina of the eye. This could indicate the possible original function of the gland as an organ of sight as it also appears to receive signals from regions of the brain that are directly affected by impulses traveling down the optic nerve. It is unknown whether the Pineal gland was actually a functioning eye which receded into the brain as our two dominant eyes took over the perceptive tasks, a connection to the higher energies of the universe, or a spiritual and physical connection to our previous evolutionary states.

We do know however, that the Pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin, which controls the bodies circadian rhythm and prepares the brain to go into a dream state. Melatonin is primarily dictated by patterns of stable sleep and can also effect our stress levels, making it vital for our physical and mental wellbeing. It’s production is stimulated by darkness and inhibited by light, which is why its a bad idea to look at technology before you go to sleep.

It is theorised that the Pineal gland is also able to produce dimethyltryptamine (DMT) in small amounts. DMT is a hallucinogen that creates altered states of consciousness.


Spiritual significance of the Pineal gland

The Pineal gland is a hugely significant part of the body that appears in pretty much every ancient culture, from Traditional Chinese Medicine to Ayurveda. For example, in Ayurvedic philosophy the Pineal gland is also referred to as the Third Eye, the sixth chakra in the body. In ancient Egypt the symbol of the Eye of Horus mirrors the placement of the Pineal gland perfectly in the profile of the human brain.

The Pineal gland  is associated with the sixth chakra. The chakra system is the way energy moves through the physical  body. I have a whole other blog post explaining the chakras in detail if this interests you. The chakras, which are essentially energy centres, need to be balanced and open for optimal human function. They are each associated with an organ in the body. In this instance the third eye chakra is associated with the Pineal gland and can be found in the same place in the centre of the forehead. If a chakra or part of the chakra system is blocked the mental and physical body is affected. Blockage of the third eye chakra will affect the bodies ability to regulate sleep as well as causing dizziness, headaches, anxiety, depression, jealousy, pessimism or issues with brain health.

The third eye is described as the seat of intuitive wisdom, clairvoyance, spiritual power and subtle information. A french philosopher called Rene Descartes believed that the pineal gland, the third eye, was the point where your body and soul met. He called it ‘the seat of the soul’.

The third eye is connected to clarity, concentration, insight, bliss, imagination and intuition, and as a part of the seven main chakras it is known to be the connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. While the physical eyes perceive the physical world, the third eye sees the world of energy.

It is said that developing the third eye is the key to enhancing or developing psychic abilities. This can include things such as telepathy, lucid dreaming, clairvoyance and astral projection.


Taking care of your Pineal gland

In order to take care of your pineal gland it is important to avoid fluoride as it causes calcification and reduces melatonin levels. Pay attention to the water you consume and the toothpaste you are purchasing. Using a water filter may be a great way to filter out fluoride if your water has any in it, as well as using natural/herbal toothpaste which is fluoride free and way better for you anyway! Coconut oil can be used as a natural, fluoride free mouthwash due to its antimicrobial properties and ability to help whiten teeth :)

You can also supplement your diet with good foods that support your pineal gland. The list for foods that will detoxify and support the third eye is really long however it includes things such as gogi berries, raw cacao, garlic, lemon, watermelon, bananas, coconut oil, hemp seeds, coriander, kale, seaweed, spirulina, apple cider vinegar, ginseng, vitamin d3, iodine and chlorophyl.

Certain essential oils can also be used to stimulate your pineal gland as well as facilitating states of spiritual awareness. This includes lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, parsley and pine. These can be inhaled through a diffuser, added to your clothes, added to a bath or even put directly on your body. However most essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil before being applied to the skin. Carrier oils like grapeseed oil, almond oil, or even olive oil if you have some already in your kitchen, work really well. Olive oil is a bit thicker than the other two which are both orderless and sink into the skin really quickly, which is why I prefer them. 

Meditation is a great way to activate your pineal gland through intention. Imagining yourself connected to whatever you believe is the higher power, the universal energy and picturing the decalcification of the gland is a great way to boost it.

You can also work with crystals to take care of your third eye. The third eye chakra is purple in colour so using crystals that are purple, indigo or violet in colour will help awaken, balance and nurture the third eye. Amethyst, purple sapphire, violet tourmaline and rhodonite are all great and can be placed on the third eye (centre of the forehead between the eye brows) while meditating.




- Em x


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