Sometimes when we’re sad or it’s a rainy drab day devoid of color, we dress in bright colors to cheer ourselves up. We might paint our bedroom blue because it is a calming color that makes it easy to relax. It’s obvious that colors around us affect how we feel and how we operate. All through our lives, we can use color to improve how we feel in so many ways. Age doesn’t matter. In fact, the more experience we have the more adept we become at using certain colors to our advantage.
Chromotherapy, sometimes called color therapy, colorology or cromatherapy, is an alternative medicine method. It supports the premises of Chinese, Egyptian and Ayurvedic healing traditions in which color is intrinsic to healing. Different colors cause different reactions. For example:
- red increases circulation
- yellow stimulates nerves
- orange increases energy
- blue and green soothe everything from skin irritations to anxiety
- blue light can reset our biological clocks in respect to sleep rhythms
- green enhances creative performance
Red, orange and yellow are the colors that can evoke feelings of happiness, optimism and energy. They are next to each other on the color wheel and are all warm colors. However,yellow and orange can also slightly irritate the eyes and red can increase a person’s appetite.
An article on “Colour Therapy” in The Guardian stated:
“Light moves in waves of varying lengths and, as each colour has a different wavelength, we sense them all individually. Colour therapists (or chromatherapists) believe that different colours in the spectrum correspond with the body’s inner vibrations. If your vibrations are off-kilter, therapists believe that colour can harmonise and rebalance them if treated with the right colours….The seven colours of the spectrum relate to the seven main chakras – or energy centres – of the body.”
They went on to say:
“There is some evidence that colour affects our mood and general wellbeing. In 1958, US scientist Robert Gerard conducted a study that claimed red stimulates and makes us anxious, while blue promotes calm. He also showed that colour could affect appetite, blood pressure and aggression.”
There is a growing body of research by physicians, environmentalists, psychologists and alternative medicine specialists exploring how color can affect people physically, mentally and emotionally.
The following list of color therapy describes how to heal and correct the chakras, or energy fields in the body. This list uses color for non-physical issues, from anxiety to higher consciousness. It is based on a Huffpost article, “Heal with Colors,” by Sriya Chakravarti.
Anxious or worried: To feel grounded and secure, correct the Root Chakra by wearing red and eating red fruits and vegetables.
Blocked Creativity: To enhance pleasure and creativity in your life, correct the Sacral Chakra by wearing orange and eating orange fruits and vegetables.
Powerless in a situation: To derive more confidence and control, correct the Solar Plexus Chakra by wearing yellow and eating yellow fruits and vegetables.
Lack of love or loneliness: For more love, joy and happiness, correct the Heart Chakra by wearing green and eating green fruits and vegetables.
Problems with communication: To become a supreme communicator, correct the Throat Chakra by wearing blue and eating blue fruits and vegetables.
Doubt & Mistrust: For intuition and to sense the bigger picture, correct the Third Eye Chakra by wearing indigo and eating fruits and vegetables of the same color.
Desire for Higher consciousness and pure awareness: For pure bliss, correct the Crown Chakra by wearing violet, and get plenty of sunshine and fresh air to activate this chakra.
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