Color Therapy, otherwise known as chromotherapy, is using color and light to balance a person’s “energy” wherever the body may be lacking, whether it is physical, emotional, spiritual or mental. A color therapist uses tools and techniques to “apply” color to our bodies. Johann Wolfgang Goethe who began studying the healing effects of color and he divided colors into two different groups: one that caused sadness and another that caused happiness.
This website, includes a great description about color therapy! Be sure to check out the section about the days of the week having specific colors and herbs and it tells you what location of the body should be worked on that day. The section at the end of the article if very enLIGHTening if you ask me. I might just paint my walls a brighter color this weekend or begin dresses in the color of the day. Hello GREEN Friday!
The color RED is for the base of the spine, its function is for grounding and survivial and its associated systems are the gonads, kidneys, spine, and sense of smell.
The color ORANGE is for the lower abdomen and genitals, its function is for the emotions and sexuality and its associated systems are the urinary tract, circulation, and reproduction.
The color YELLOW is for the solar plexus, its funtion is for power and ego and its associated systems are the stomach, liver, gall bladder, and pancreas.
The color GREEN is for the heart. Its function is for love and sense of responsiblity and its associated systems are the heart, lungs and thymus.
The color BLUE is for the throat. Its function is for phsyical and spiritual communication and its associated systems are the throat, ears, mouth and hands.
The color INDIGO is for the middle of the forehead and its function is for forgiveness, compassion and understanding and its associated systems are the eyes and pineal glands.
The color Violet if for the crown of the head. Its function is for connecting with the universe. Its associated systems are pituitary gland, the central nervous system and the cerebral cortex.
I think its very interesting how the associated systems often line up with the true functions of the body, for example The color BLUE is for physical and spiritual communication and its associated systems are the throat, ears, mouth and hands which are all very important structures of communicating in real life. Without our ears, we couldn’t physically hear communication others are giving us, without our throat or mouth we wouldn’t be able to verbalize our communications and without our hands we wouldn’t be able to use many different forms of body language, which is practically another form of communication in and of itself.
If you go to this e-how page, it gives you a little direction for at-home color therapy. All you need are some colored lightbulbs (available at Walmart or Home Depot), a computer with internet access, and colored water glasses or pitchers. The instructions aren’t the most helpful as they tell you to just get some other resources but the last section on the page is helpful for a few different ailments that color therapy could be used for. I think I might try number 1.
Color Therapy seems like a very interesting form of alternative medicine. I notice that for me personally, some colors make me happier than others. I find that yellow and orange immediately make me feeling happier, brighter and lighter but so does black and brown and other colors make me sad (i.e. ALL pastels)
What about you? Do you feel as though some colors may help improve your mood? Would you be willing to try color therapy?