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Color Therapy: Reflecting Better Health

Updated on March 6, 2015

What is Color Therapy?

Feeling a little blue today? Perhaps you are green with envy considering a friend's recent good news. Just a few days ago, I was seeing red I was so angry trying to get through to my bank about an issue....

Its no wonder that people have used color to describe their moods for many years. But did you know you can color yourself healthy, too? Each of the colors in the rainbow is thought to have natural healing powers. You can tap into this positive, chi energy, through color therapy. Also known as chromotherapy, this type of vibrational medicine may be used in alternative health clinics.

Color therapy practitioners recognize that the various colors all have unique electromagnetic energy, given that they are visible at different wavelengths. While getting outside on a sunny day can lift your mood, just imagine what exposure to various, discrete colors that have been refracted from a ray of sunshine might do for your overall mental and physical health.

Through color therapy, you can learn to tap into the positive and negative charges in each of the seven main colors' waves of energy.

But first, do you know what your aura color is? You might be surprised!

Capture the power of the color spectrum (image from lepiaf.geo at Flickr)
Capture the power of the color spectrum (image from lepiaf.geo at Flickr)

Light Reflections at Differing Wavelengths

How Does Color Therapy Work?

A therapist trained in color therapy applies light and color in the form of tools, visualization, or suggestion to balance energy in the areas of our bodies that are lacking vibrance, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.

These practitioners take the approach that natural vibrations of every living form on earth may become out of tune due to stressors. When you think about a bell being run and the vibrations that make the sound, consider how your own energy emanates from your body. What if you could "tune up" those vibrations to put you into a state of harmony?

Color therapy could help get you there.

Vibrational healing implements a variety of tools, from crystals and water, to soothing aromas and sounds. You will learn to pay attention to the chi energies in these natural items much like a tuning fork is used to improve the sound of musical instruments. A color therapist can help direct you from "out of tune" patterns to new approaches that resonate with your body's healthy frequencies.

Each of the seven spectrum colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) is attuned to the energy in seven primary chakras or energy centers of the body:

Red relates to the base chakra, orange the sacral chakra, yellow the solar plexus chakra, green the heart chakra, blue the throat chakra, indigo the brow chakra (sometimes referred to as the third eye) and violet relates to the crown chakra.

Properly aligning these energies is the goal of color therapy. Stimulation of appropriate energies through application of certain colors is the overall approach. A trained color therapist can help you determine your color preferences which can, in turn, guide you on the path to find the appropriate colour/colours which can be stimulated to free blocks and re-balance the body emotionally, spiritually and physically.

Aura Color Meanings

Incorporating Color Therapy for Holistic Health

Like herbal remedies, color therapies have emerged from the fringe and are now considered to be an acceptable alternative healing practice. Some people may entirely replace conventional medicine with color therapy, while many others use it in conjunction with other healing approaches. Overall, people who have learned how to heighten their awareness of colors and their energies may be better tapped into the potential for healing offered by the universe.

Because color therapy is non-invasive, it is generally considered to be quite safe. One cautionary note is to be sure to consult a medical professional before you decide to stop taking prescribed medicines or herbs. You may immediately begin to feel better using the energy of color, but you should not abruptly cease medications without consultation.

Notice the colors to which you respond most positively. Consider how color therapy could improve your life on a spiritual, mental and physical level.

After a professional consultation with a color therapist, you may wish to explore various home approaches that are based on color therapy: solarized water, light filters, light boxes, color silks and/or color meditation.

Color Therapy Meditation

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Reflected colors, energies and light (image from pareeerica on Flickr)What colors do you respond to? (image from Pink Sherbet on Flickr)Color your world peaceful and balanced (image from John-Morgan on Flickr)
Reflected colors, energies and light (image from pareeerica on Flickr)
Reflected colors, energies and light (image from pareeerica on Flickr)
What colors do you respond to? (image from Pink Sherbet on Flickr)
What colors do you respond to? (image from Pink Sherbet on Flickr)
Color your world peaceful and balanced (image from John-Morgan on Flickr)
Color your world peaceful and balanced (image from John-Morgan on Flickr)
Reflections of color (image from Pink Sherbet on Flickr)
Reflections of color (image from Pink Sherbet on Flickr)

Bringing Color Therapy Home

Light Box:

Perhaps one of the best known and accepted color therapy treatments is the use of a light box to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Exposure to full spectrum light (mimicking natural daylight) has been proven to have similar benefits to getting outdoors on a sunny day. Medical professionals often prescribe light boxes for depressed patients. You can purchase one without a prescription, as well.

Using specialized light filters, you can transform a light box into a method of exposing yourself to certain colors on the spectrum that are necessary for your own healing.

Solarized Water:

Some people like to drink or bathe in water that has been energized by a particular color on the spectrum. It is very simple to make your own solarized water at home. You simply need a plain glass, a colored light filter (your choice), pure mineral or spring water, an elastic band, a piece of cotton fabric, and a sunny windowsill.

Cover the glass with the color filter and secure with an elastic band. Fill the glass with the water and cover with the cloth. Place on the windowsill. After a few hours, light absorption should be complete. You can refrigerate and use for up to 5 days.

Colored silks:

Very simple to use in color therapy. Depending on the color that is determined to be necessary for your healing, merely place a piece of colored silk on the body. Direct skin contact is preferred, but not necessary. Colored silks are effective in treating human and animal patients, as well!

Color Therapy in Sound

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© 2010 Stephanie Hicks

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    • louromano profile image

      louromano 

      6 years ago

      great article, well written, thanks for informations :)

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      Lela 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I wish I understood all this, but the meditation video was really working on me.

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      Ramzeed 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Great hub! a little while ago I can say that I had a little bit of doubt about how powerful color therapy was but that was because I didn't educate myself. I must say I was ignorant. I now see. I've done some therapy on my chakras and the feeling is so unbelievable it can be hard to describe. Good article again my friend.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Definitely! I think people should put aside their doubts and cynicism and open their mind to the possibilities of color therapy! Best, Steph

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      CMHypno 

      7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting hub on using colour therapy, stephhicks68, the more that people come to recognise that colour is important and can influence the way they feel the better

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you UrsulaRose - if you are looking for ways to feel better, color therapy can probably help.

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      UrsulaRose 

      7 years ago

      Amazing content on this hubpage ... very informative and well worth the read.

      I will no doubt be reading more of your hubs to enhance my learning.

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Stephanie - I totally agree. Purple is my favorite color. I have it in my life and my wardrobe! Cheers, Steph

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      I've always been interested in the psychology of color and believe that many people use color therapy every day as they choose the clothes they wear and the colors they have in their homes. Thanks for a very interesting and well written article!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Money Glitch - I noticed your hub on color therapy and had to comment! :) So great to hear that its working well for you. Best, Steph

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      Money Glitch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Awesome job Steph, I saw that this hub was being referenced as a related hub after I published mine. This is really a great tribute to the unique world of color therapy. Thumbs up! :)

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      That is wonderful, Nancy's Niche! Its amazing what we can do to help heal ourselves. I've been a big believer of color therapy myself.

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      Nancy's Niche 

      8 years ago

      What a wonderful and relaxing hub...Very interesting and something I will try. My daughter studied this and has good things to say about it too...

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thank you Katiem2 - so many interesting things to learn about color therapy (I love purple and just love the aura video).

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      This is amazing and a well built Hub. I'm gonna save it and come back when I have more time. Thanks, great work! Peace :)

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Thanks Violet Sun! Do let me know if the color therapy devices work for you. Entertainmentplus - thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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      entertianmentplus 

      8 years ago from United States

      Good info. I enjoyed this hub..thnanks

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      VioletSun 

      8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      After reading your hub, I went to Amazon and Ebay to check on the color therapy handheld devices, and it sounds very interesting! I have bookmarked this hub, its filled with good information and links.

      Thumbs up!

    • stephhicks68 profile imageAUTHOR

      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      That is very interesting! Sounds like you could have a combination of gem and color therapy.

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      vrajavala 

      8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      Another thing is that Gems also transmit certain wavelengths which correspond to frequencies similar to the planets. For thousands of years gemnologists have been prescribing gems to offset negative astrological influences.

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