Colors have been used for healing purposes for thousands of years, even documented by the ancient Greeks. But, you do not have to be bathed in the light of a specific color of the visible light spectrum, as was a healing modality in the ancient city of Heliopolis. You can place a healing, wellness color in your environment or, much more easily, you can wear it.
A color can be a healing color, as it is one of the 12 visible colors from the light spectrum, and has a tangible effect on a specific part of human physiology and emotions. It can also be a wellness color in general—powerful enough to cause a nonspecific feeling of happiness, joy and comfort. Pink has been found to be a powerful wellness color, for everyone at any time.
Not limited to general wellness colors, you can choose to wear a certain color, because you want to boost something lacking in your life—your focus, your joy, your ability to relax, among many varying needs. Choosing the color you need at a specific point in time, and choosing the garment to wear with that color, could make the difference in your mood, but also your productivity. If you misjudge your own needs, no worries. Wearing a color will not hurt you. You can experiment with colors and pay attention to how they feel, after half an hour. Once you know how you react to different colors, you will be able to attend to your own emotional and physical needs, to a great extent, by the colors that surround you and that you wear.
The basic colors of the visible light spectrum are violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Some variations of these colors are pink (red that is unsaturated, or watered down), coral (a blend of red, pink and orange) and turquoise (a varying blend of green and blue), all of which have their own special benefits, associated with the energy centers of the body.
Most people associate green with a feeling of being refreshed, as plants and flowers refresh the environment. As a neutral, in the middle of the light spectrum, green can balance (middle=balance) the hot colors and emotions and the cool colors, which create detachment from emotion. But as a healing color, green works more to temper, or lessen, overstimulating colors, such as red, or enhance intellectual colors, such as indigo, with peace. Green, by itself, serves as the middle balance. But, it is also an important component of the powerful turquoise, a color blend that has an almost immediate effect of wellbeing. Take advantage of using green with other colors, such as deep red or deep blue, as it will keep them in balance.
Blue (with varying shades) has been overused in business websites and advertising media but can be extremely powerful in a wardrobe if used for the right reasons, in the right way. Associated with the energy system that is called the “brow chakra”, or the center of intellect, knowledge, wisdom and discernment, blue can sharpen you up after a long vacation, school recess, even a year of pandemic uncertainty. Indigo, which is closer to royal blue, is the most intense of the blue colors. It is the coolest of the cool colors, before violet, and brings with it the ability to help you detach from hot emotions (or too much fun) and do some work. But indigo may be too detached, and too strong, for those just easing back into schedules and bosses. A softened blue will still quiet the emotions and enhance intellect, without announcing you as a formidable presence. Just enough blue clears the thoughts. When going back to the work force, or entering it for the first time, that is a gift.
Carla R. McBeath-Urrutia is a New York City writer. Her first nonfiction book, How to Find and Love Your Small Space (Small Space Life Publishing), was launched on Amazon in e-book and paperback, in June, 2021, under her pen name C. Ruth McBeath-Urrutia. She writes primarily for Small Space Life, and guest-writes for other blogs. She is studying for a Certificate in Color and Light Therapy from the Holistic Arts Institute in California. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Charley, a Peruvian artist.