Color Therapy

Color symbolism chart infographic with 40 different color meanings

Also known as chromotherapy, color therapy is based on the idea that color and colored lights can help treat physical or mental health. According to this idea, they cause subtle changes in our moods and biology. 

Color therapy has a long history. Records indicate that color and light therapy were once practiced in ancient Egypt, Greece, China, and India.

Color Therapy is very helpful in balancing physical and mental health. If told directly, then in color therapy, you are used colors that make you feel good and you are able to give better results. Color therapy can be a boon for you if you are suffering from diseases like stress, poor sleep, concentration, brain balance, or blood circulation. How will colors affect you, which color is suitable for you, and which color should you wear? All these questions can be answered by only a qualified color therapist. When colors enter the body as light, they have an effect on the health of your brain, organs, and body system. Different colors are able to relax or stimulate the body and mind.

Red: Red is the colors with the slowest rate of vibration and the longest wavelength. Known to be able to raise blood pressure, red can strengthen and simulate the body. Our blood contains red blood corpuscles, which provide nourishment to our organs. If you feel very tired wear a red jumper and consciously breathe its energy into your body.

Yellow: Yellow is an energizing and uplifting color that encourages positivity and inner power. It strengthens the nervous and digestive systems, calming butterflies in the stomach or stress-related tension in the abdominal area. If you tend to rush your food or eat snacks often, but yellow crockery and see if yours eating habits become healthier.

Orange: The color Orange has an energizing feel, promoting, confidence and well being. A wonderful antidepressant, it encourages creativity and passion, and has beneficial effects on digestive and reproductive systems. If you are feeling nervous before and important meeting, hug an orange cushion and absorb its positive energy.

Green: Greens is the color of the nature, which can reconnect us to planet earth, our home. We instinctively lean towards green when in need of balance or harmony, which explains the popularity of gardening. Green is also good for the heart as it aids relaxation. If stressed, place your hands either side of a plant and breathe in its color and vitality.

Turquoise: This vivid green blue color, typical of a tropical ocean, is invigorating and calming. The spiritual stone of the Native Americans and ancient Aztecs, turquoise symbolizes truth and aids communication an all levels. Create a collage of photographs of tropical seas. Look at it while relaxing in the bath and try to imagine being there.

Blue: The color blue is cool and calming, inspiring mental clarity and inner peace. Blue Colour calms nervous system and controls the blood pressure. Deep Blue is also able to stimulate the pituitary gland. To refresh and relax yourself, sit and focus on the blue of the sky while breathing deeply.

Purple: Shades of Purple have been used to help calm people with nervous or mental imbalances. Purple Color is a spiritual color and worn for spiritual peace and awareness. To calm you, place a piece of purple velvet across your brow and relax to soft music.

Magenta: Magenta uplifts the spirits and can stop us feeling despondent or frustrated about our lives. Used in excess, it can be almost too relaxing, so use with care if you have an introverted personality or tend towards depression. If facing challenges at work or home and you need to switch off, wrap up in a magenta towel after a long soak in the bath.

Black: Black Color is is the color of strength and confidence. That is why your black suit makes you feel powerful. Us black and silver for a glamorous office look.

White: White is a combination of all colors. A white room can soften and illuminate other colors in the spectrum. If you have floor to ceiling windows white walls provide balance.

Techniques of Color Therapy 

There are two major techniques of color therapy. It can either be done through sight, that is, by looking at a particular color in hopes that it elicits the desired response in your body, or by directly reflecting certain colors on parts of the body.

Color therapists believe that color can enter our bodies either through our eyes or skin. Each color we can see has its wavelength and unique frequency. Each unique frequency has a different effect on people and is used for different purposes. Warm colors are typically used for stimulating effects, while cool colors are used for calming effects. 

  • Red = stimulating. Associated with the root chakra and spin. Considered grounding, instinctual, life-giving. Thought to promote stamina, passion and circulation.
  • Orange = enthusiasm. Associated with the pelvis chair and tied to optimism, pleasure, sexuality, excitement, happiness, energy.
  • Yellow =  happiness. Associated with the naval chakra and tied to hope, willpower, laughter, warmth, optimism, hunger.
  • Green = acceptance. Associated with the heart and tied to healing, balance, love, grounding, nature, growth, health, envy, calmness.
  • Blue = calmness. Associated with the throat chakra and tied to communication, knowledge, serenity, wisdom, loyalty, truth.
  • Indigo =  balance. Associated with the third eye chakra and clairvoyance, pain relief, prosperity, wisdom, royalty, mystery and respect.
  • Violet = knowledge. Associated with the crown chakra and imagination, spiritual awakening, calmness, serenity and creativity. Purple utilizes both red and blue to provide a nice balance between stimulation and serenity that is supposed to encourage creativity
  • White = pureness. Associated with innocence, cleanliness, neutrality.
  • Black = authority. Mostly associated with strength, power, evil mourning, intelligence.
  • Brown = reliability. Mostly associated with stability, friendship, sadness, comfort and security.

What Color Therapy Can Help With 

Chromotherapy is considered a type of alternative medicine treatment. It has been purported to help with a variety of conditions, including:

It is important to note that there is no significant evidence that color therapy is effective for any medical condition. According to the American Cancer Society, available scientific evidence does not support any claims that use of light or color therapy are effective in treating cancer or any other illnesses.

There is currently no research to support that color therapy can solely be used as an effective treatment for any of these conditions. 

Benefits of Color Therapy  

Over the decades, color therapy has been purported to provide several benefits ranging from physical to mental, including: 

  • Stress relief: Certain colors like blue and green are thought to have soothing effects on people who are stressed or anxious
  • Boost your appetite: Warm and stimulating colors are thought to boost your appetite when you struggle with having a desire for food. 
  • Seasonal effective disorder: People mainly suffer from seasonal effective disorder during colder weather because of the lack of sunlight. Certain types of bright light therapy have been shown to be of benefit for this mood disorder. Color therapy also suggests the unproven idea that warm colors like yellow and orange could also help with this. 
  • To boost your energy: Colors such as red and yellow are believed to boost your energy and make you more motivated.