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Color Therapy: The Magic of Colors

Updated on July 2, 2012

Colors have a life and language of their own. They play a vital role in our life. We all have a set of preferences when it comes to choosing colors. Colors are considered as a great tool in depicting a person's personality and preferences, but do you know that colors also have therapeutic properties which if employed in a proper manner can be used to cure many incurable diseases. When colors are charged with sunlight these properties become active and can be used for medicinal purposes.

Color Therapy, what is it.

Color therapy, also known as Chromotherapy is a kind of alternative medicative treatment in which ailments are treated with the use of colors. It is easy to apply and can be practiced at home. It's a branch of Ayurveda which has its origins dating back to the ancient times. Chromotherapy took its roots from the belief that the five essential elements that make our body can be balanced with the help of colors. According to Ayurveda a disease has its roots in the three humors namely Vata (colic), pitta (bile) and kapha (phlegm). The sages of Ayurveda stressed on the importance of the balancing of humors. In English literature also, we find a reference to the four humors, an instability of which leads to illness. (Ben Jonson's Comedy of Humor)

Our body is made of five basic components namely earth, fire, water, air and ether(space). Each element has a definite colour and characteristic. Color therapy helps in restoring these elements to their right color and characteristics, an imbalance of which leads to an ailment. These elements are associated with different colors. Ether is associated with light blue, water with deep blue, air with green, fire with red and earth with yellow. These colors are also, as we know, a symbol of their respective elements. Any disturbance in these elements leads to an imbalance in the physical, mental and spiritual body. These five elements in human body can be balanced with the help of colors. One can enjoy good health with productive use of colors.

Simple steps to use Color therapy.

The best thing about Color therapy is its easy application. Unlike other therapies it requires less efforts and yields better results without any side effects. This alternative medical treatment is fast becoming one of most effective treatment practices. It is easy to apply and can be practised at home. Try at Home and treat any malady with home based remedies.

Try these tips at home to feel the magic the colors.

Bask in Color

Cover your glass windows with colored gelatin paper. Choose the color according to your needs, as described below. Bask in the colored sunlight for 10 mins everyday.

Breathe Color

Take a coloured glass bottle, charge it in sunlight for two hours and breathe in the air accumulated in the bottle. You can also buy glass trunks(Thermolium, a wooden cabin with colored glass panes) available at many stores. Lay down in these trunks and breathe. 

Drink Color

An easy way to practice color therapy at home is to drink colored/solarized water. It is hassle free and easy to use. here are quick steps to prepare solarized water.

You need-

  1. a colored glass bottle or a plain glass bottle
  2. colored cellophane paper (color of your requirement)- incase you are using plain glass bottle.
  3. drinking water


1.Cover your plain glass bottle with colored cellophane paper. (you can keep these bottles for everyday use)

2. fill three quarters of the bottle with drinking water

3. place the bottle in direct sunlight for 8 hours a day for three days.

4. drink half a cup of charged water three to four times a day.

5. you must sip the water.

Things to take a note of-

1. Do not fill the bottle more than three halves.( the air in the bottle needs to get charged too)

2. Put the cork to stop dust from getting in to the bottle.

3. place the bottle on a wooden desk.

4. Don't let the cellophane fade with time/ change it when the color goes.

5. water takes 6-8 hours to get charged, in case of emergency you can charge it for two hours.

6. don't place the bottle in a refrigerator

7. use only glass bottles.


Massage Color

Have you ever wondered why coconut oil is always available in blue bottle? The reason is that coconut oil gets charged in blue color. Similarly every oil has a characteristic color with which it is charged for better effects. Oil can be charged for effective treatment. The time oils takes to get charged is much longer than water, it takes approx 45 days for oil to take in the properties of colored light. The charged oil is good for massage.

Linseed oil when charged in red bottle and massaged daily is useful in curing arthritis, rheumatism and paralysis. A massage with coconut oil when charged in blue bottle helps in headache, migraine, joint pain, burns and piles. Oil must be charged in a glass bottle.

Charged glycerine is good for gum and teeth problems, acne, skin inflammations. Glycerine can be charged in plain glass bottle for 8 hrs a day for 45 days.

Which Colour will treat you?

Be it green, blue, red or pink, every colour has a unique ability to cure diseases. Every disease is caused by the malfunctioning of one or the other humor, thus should be treated with reference to the colour it corresponds. Find out which colour therapy do you need for treatment.


Colors and Problems/Diseases/Functions associated with them.


Paralysis, Constipation, Anemia, Digestion Problems, Breathing Problems, stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, excites sexual glands


Insomnia, Uterus Problems, Blood Pressure,


Allergies, Osteoporosis, Joint pain, Diabetes, Liver Problems.energizes, relieves depression, improves memory, stimulates appetite and helps in digestive problems.


Stomach infections, Ulcers, Malaria, heart problems, typhoid, piles,depression, anxiety, nervousness.

Sky Blue

Hair fall, body temperature, fevers, sore throats, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums.


chest and lung problems, sinusitis, immunity problems, skin problems.


headaches, eye and ear problems.


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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Fascinating! thank you for sharing.

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      tgopfrich 7 years ago from Stettler, AB

      that's was really interesting! I never knew colours could do so much, thank you!

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting hub. I especially liked your "Simple steps to use color therapy. Thanks you.

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      Martha Castillo 7 years ago from San Diego CA

      Great information thank you.

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      evefan 7 years ago

      very very nice

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      Bharggav 7 years ago

      I am very much interested in alternative therapies like gem therapy,aroma therapy, crystal therapy and colour therapy. I really found this article very very informative. Basically I am a professional connected with textile colours.

      Thanks for such an enlighting article.


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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Very interesting. I have used some color therapy for eyes but you have opened more avenues for exploration. Thanks for a great hub.

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      ikkka 8 years ago

      very informative thanks for sharing

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      tinarathore84 8 years ago from India

      @ creativeone59: thanks for the comment.

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for you great color therapy hub. creativeone59

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      tinarathore84 8 years ago from India

      @ MistHaven: I had a similar reaction when i first heard about color therapy. the fact that something as natural as color could heal is quite intriguing.

      I didn't really take it seriously until i saw my cousin actually benefit form it.

      @Linda: Hello Linda, thanks for the comment. I had to tell you about it, i wrote it for you.

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      Universal Laws 8 years ago from UNIVERSE

      Great informative hub, thanks for letting me know about it.



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      MistHaven 8 years ago from New Jersey

      This was a really interesting read! This is my first time hearing abour color therapy, and its quite intriguing. I never noticed that coconut oil only came in blue bottles; it's amazing how much influence something as simple as color can have over the human body.