Have you ever looked at a color and instantly felt an emotional response to it? Whether it was a positive or negative emotion, chances are, we can all recall feeling some kind of way when we put on that special color. Well, you’ll be happy to learn that it’s not all in your head. Researchers and therapists have studied the effects of color on our mind and body for decades. The field of color therapy, although not widely talked about as a form of complimentary medicine, is quite fascinating. The gist of it is this, color therapy is the ancient art of using color and light to treat disease, and enhance health and well-being. Our bodies actually absorb light, which is made up of colors, and each color has a wavelength, frequency or energy associated with it. Researchers say the absorption of these different color wavelengths/frequencies/energies can have a profound effect on the nervous system and the endocrine system. Eastern forms of medicine associate a chakra with each color based on its healing properties. Whether you subscribe to alternative medicine or not, you have to admit that color effects us in some way shape or form. That said, if you’re wondering what colors you should be bringing more of into your life, wonder no further. We’ve compiled a list of colors and their proposed associated benefits from Holistic Online. Look for ways to strategically incorporate these colors into your wardrobe, surroundings, diet, etc. based on what you need. Hey it can’t hurt to try can it?
Red – Vitality, strength, sexuality, willpower, and alertness. Red is used to counteract anemia, lack of energy, impotence, and low blood pressure.
Purple – Intense purification; detoxifying of the body; Purple is said to lower blood pressure
Blue – Will power and communication. Blue is a calming color, good for curing insomnia. It can be used for throat problems, asthma, stress, and migraine, and it is good for improving verbal skills.
Orange – Regulates circulation and metabolism. Orange stimulates the thyroid gland, promotes happiness and joyousness. Orange is used to treat depression, hypothyroidism and kidney and lung problems, such as asthma and bronchitis.
Yellow – Intellect and judgment. Yellow stimulates mental ability and concentration, and aids detachment. It can be used to treat rheumatism and arthritis.
Green – Green, the most predominant color on the planet, balances our energies, and can be used to increase our sensitivity and compassion. It represents purity and harmony. It has a calming effect, especially in inflamed conditions of the body. It is soothing to the nervous system and is a great healer. Green builds muscles, bones and other tissue cells.
For more on color therapy check out Holistic Online.