The Benefits Of Color Therapy
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on October 24, 2009 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Not many people know or understand what color therapy, also called chromotherapy, is all about. Simply put, it is a holistic healing modality that incorporates different colors in an attempt to positively alter our emotions, moods and overall wellbeing.
Color, which is a type of visible light, also contains electromagnetic energy. Every color seen in the rainbow contains its own special healing property.
Even the Sun and Moon have healing qualities to them. There are many people throughout the world who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and find solace through the use of a sun lamp or other such device that mimics the healing properties of the Sun.
Every single cell in our bodies need light energy in order to grow and survive. Color energies therefore affect our whole body.
A color therapist uses certain tools and/or visualization techniques and suggestions to apply color to our bodies in an attempt to heal those parts of our bodies suffering under physical, emotional, or spiritual strain.
The History of Color Therapy
The use of color therapy has been around for a very long time, with the earliest recording dated 2500 years ago, when, color halls were established for healing purposes all over ancient Egypt and China.
Although Sir Isaac Newton created the world’s first known color wheel, it was Johann Wolfgang Goethe who began studying the healing effects of color almost 100 years later. He divided colors into two different groups: one that caused sadness and another that caused happiness.
However, in 1877, Neils Finsen of Denmark discovered the bactericidal action of energy from solar ultra-violet rays. He also discovered that flesh wounds actually healed faster when they were placed under direct light.
The founder of color therapy principles was Edward Babbitt, who treated various ailments with the use of water that had been ‘infiltrated’ with the sun’s rays.
Daily Color Healing
It was later deduced that certain days of the week relate to certain colors of the color wheel, as well as to different energies, vibrations, and herbs.
Sunday – Is ruled by the Sun and is its color is therefore yellow. Cinnamon and Clove are the herbs associated with Sunday, which is also a good day to work on the Solar Plexus chakra.
Monday – Is ruled by the Moon and corresponds with Blues and Violets. Eucalyptus and Jasmine can be used on this day to help work on the Throat Chakra.
Tuesday – Is ruled by Mars and Scorpio, with Red being its dominant color. This is the best day to work on the Root Chakra, as well as to use Ginger and Peppermint.
Wednesday – Is ruled by Mercury and Virgo and is Orange. Lemon Oil and Lavender can be used to help with the Sacral Chakra.
Thursday – Is ruled by Jupiter and Sagittarius and is Purple in color. The Crown, Brow, and Throat chakras should be healed on Thursdays with the use of Nutmeg, Sandalwood, and Lime.
Friday – Is ruled by Venus and Taurus and is Green. Thyme, Sage, and Strawberry should be utilized to heal the Heart chakra.
Saturday – Is ruled by Saturn and Capricorn, with Brown being its primary color. Patchouli can be used to help heal all the different chakras.
Get More Color In Your Life
Including more color into your life can benefit you in so many different ways. Remember that each of our chakras has a corresponding color to it.
Incorporating more color can help you heal a specific chakra. Therefore you can achieve proper wellbeing, whilst also balancing your chakra’s, by simply integrating a specific color into your life. Color has also been known to improve creativity and ease tension.
A few ways to bring more color into your life are to:
Paint your walls vibrant colors
Eat brightly skinned organic fruits and vegetables
Decorate your home with items in complementing color contrasts
Colored light bulbs are great alternative to boring yellow light
Dress in shades of color that rule the day
Be vigilant about the colors around you, such as green grass and the blue sky.
Color and Diseases
The principles of color therapy dictate that keeping the right balance of colors within ourselves can help us lead happy, healthy lives whilst keeping ailments at bay. However, illness does occur and when it does, color therapist advise their clients to focus their minds and lives on those colors that have been proven to help heal their particular illness by soaking up each color until you have had enough before moving on to the next one.
A few common diseases and their corresponding colors are:
Excessive Appetite: Indigo
Decreased Appetite: Yellow
Back Pain: Blue
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan