Every day we are all surrounded by colour, the Earth we live on is made up of many beautiful colours, and the nature around us fills our lives with every colour under the rainbow. Colour affects our mood and emotions, even from being a new born baby, colour affects us. Nurseries are filled with light, gentle colours such as pastel pinks and blues to provide a safe, calming atmosphere.
Colour therapy, also known as chromotherapy, dates back many thousands of years, with roots linked to the ancient cultures of Egypt, China and India.
Colour therapy is popular due to its holistic, non-invasive nature, where therapists use our sensitivity to colour to correct imbalances in our energy patterns, as any imbalances in our body can lead to health issues, both physically and emotionally.
The seven colours of the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) are linked to each of the seven chakras, or energy centres, of our body. Colours are used to rebalance the energy of each chakra, leading to better health and wellbeing.
Violet is related to the crown chakra – which sits at the top of our head and signifies the energy of our higher mind. Violet has a calming effect on us, making it a great colour to use for anybody suffering from sleep difficulties or stress related problems.
Indigo is related to the third eye chakra (brow chakra). This chakra is in the centre of the forehead, between the eyes. Indigo is good for problems relating to the eyes, lower head and sinuses such as headaches and migraines, sinus problems and visual defects.
Blue is related to the throat chakra, covering the throat, lungs and thyroid. This colour can be used to treat any problems with speech and communication, as well as problems such as asthma and hearing issues.
Green is related to the heart chakra, and is, of course, associated with our heart. Green can be used to help with problems such as heart disease. Green is also a colour of balance and harmony and can be helpful in stressful times.
Yellow is related to the solar plexus chakra. This chakra is situated below the ribs and can be useful with problems such as diabetes and gall stones. Yellow also promotes self-worth and intellect, helping with self-confidence and concentration.
Orange is related to the sacral chakra, which is situated in the lower abdomen, assisting with menstrual, bowel, prostate and ovary problems. It is also energising and warming, helping to provide a balanced environment.
Red is related to the base chakra, which is situated at the base of the spine. In colour therapy, red can help with constipation, diarrhoea, Crohn’s, hypertension, kidney stones, impotence and any problems with the hips, legs or feet. Red is also very stimulating and energising and so can be great for tiredness, lethargy, and to boost circulation.
Why not start thinking about colour in your everyday life, from the clothes you wear, to the colour of your bedroom? It might affect you more than you think!