Colour Therapy
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Today we take colour for granted. When it comes to colour we place more emphasis on fashion and interior design. But you may be surprised to know that colour as a healing tool has been in existence for thousands of years, but like many of our holistic therapies they have slipped by the wayside.

Colour is provided by nature, it’s there 24/7, three hundred and sixty-five days a year.  It’s completely free and you can take as much as you want. Colour is very complicated on the inside, but you don’t have to worry about that as each part of your body knows exactly how to integrate and interact with each colour. That said there may be times when you will need a little more exposure to a certain colour such as blue when you have a temperature or green when you need to detox your body.

So, let us have a look at what colour therapy is and how it can benefit you and your family and friends. Colour is a large part of this world, everywhere we look we see colour, we wear it, and we even eat it, from the food we eat to the cars we drive and the walls within our homes that we paint. Colour says a lot about us, but colour can also help us in our everyday life and bring benefits that you never imagined possible.

All our colours come from the sunlight, and when we have had a rain shower we normally get a rainbow and this shows us the seven colours, which are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Each colour has its own health benefits for your body and mind.

What does each colour mean?


Using red is great for activating vitality, improves blood pressure, aids digestion, increases hearth strength and circulation, encourages cell regeneration and helps combat anaemia as the red blood count goes up.



Orange will activate the lungs and thyroid gland, reduces cramping and strengthens the stomach, stimulates the building of new tissue and reduces flatulence.



Yellow will assist with improving the nervous system, helps reduce shooting pains from the nerves, gets rid of worms and parasites and cleans the liver and intestines.



Green is ideal for encouraging the growth hormone, cleans, purifies and combats germs, stimulates the brain and digestive system, soothes and harmonises the body and aids the release of mucus and phlegm’s.



Blue is an antiseptic, reduces itching, can help to shrink tumours and removes goitre, warts and inflammation. Blue is used to reduce fevers and body temperature, can assist with weight loss and its coolness will help reduce inflammation and alleviate infections.



Indigo is a purifying colour especially for the blood, it cools, heals the eyes, ears and relieves tension and headaches.



Violet supports the white blood cells and the immunity system and is used for healing in general.


Let’s have a look at the most basic way that you can bring all the benefits in to your body and with minimal effort.

A Ten-Minute Walk in the Sun:

Taking just ten minutes to walk in the sun will give you exposure to all the colours of the rainbow as these are all part of the sunlight. I’m sure that you’ll have noticed how people change when they’re out in the sun, park or when on holidays? They are happier, more vibrant, more energetic and in a much better mood.

You may be wondering how colours can affect and interact with our body? Colours are all vibrations, and each colour has its own frequency that it will vibrate at.  Our bodies are made up of cells that vibrate at certain frequencies too and each colour will vibrate in sync with certain part(s) of our bodies. Now our blood and the colour red have similar frequencies so they interact together and by doing this we can benefit from this colour to help improve the body parts or systems that are in sync with the colour red.

A Full Body Immersion:

If you have any issues that are listed in the colours above, then one of the best ways to get relief and reduce the problem is to have a full body colour immersion. This is simple to do. You can sit in a room that is all one colour such as a blue room if you want to cool down or reduce itching, by sitting in a red room you will feel warmer and will help blood circulation. You can also buy a colour torch / wand that will allow you to change the colour of the light, you can then put the torch at a distance and stand in the beam of colour, or you can apply the colour to a smaller area that you are having a problem with such as using the blue light to reduce a swollen joint or inflammation on the body.

Getting your Colour Therapy from your Food:

Let’s have a look at how you can get your colour therapy from your food?

The colour of our food can help with our health issues and promote good eating and assist in dieting. And it’s not just the food that have benefits, the plates you eat from will have a major impact on your eating habits. Let’s have a look at some of them?

Vegetables grown above the ground usually have more vibrant colours such as the greens, reds and yellows. This is because they have more access to direct sunlight. And it’s not by coincidence that each fruit is a certain colour as science has proven that certain fruits give excellent benefits for certain parts of our bodies – Mother Nature has everything planned.

Remember that old saying “An Apple a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away”? Looking at the green colour above you can see that green foods are excellent for detoxing the body. Cucumber, broccoli, apples, celery, green tea and spinach are all great detox foods that help remove unwanted toxins and build a stronger immune system.

When you need a burst of energy try eating a red apple or an orange as this boosts your energy very quickly and will give you that much needed burst of energy.


White Plates

White plates do not detract from the colour of your food, plus white contains all the colours so it beneficial for you.


Red Plates

Red plates will make you want to eat more as the food looks more vibrant and hotter. Restaurants typically use a red table cloth and or walls to enliven the experience and the company, this improves the eating experience.


Blue Plates

If you want to lose weight, then blue is the colour to eat from. Blue makes the food seem colder and less interesting and therefore you are more likely to stop eating sooner or to leave a lot of food on the plate.


Green Plates

Green makes food look vibrant and has that vibe of healthy eating. This is a good plate colour to use on a diet as you will eat more reds, greens and yellows and you will feel powerful and healthy in the process.

Colour Cards for on the Go:

Another fantastic way to top up your body using colour is to have a set of colour cards. Normally you will have the 7 rainbow colours to start off with and as you progress you can add other colours or shades of colours to the pack. To use just select the colour card that you want to use and sit quietly and just stare at the colour card. Use intention to activate the colour and direct it to the part of the body that needs a quick refresh.

Another very old saying “Seeing Red” meaning that he or she is fuelled up or full of energy and ready to kick off.

One way of using the red card to give you a boost of energy is, if you are slow to get up in the morning and like to keep hitting snooze on the alarm clock and this slows your day down:

Take the red card and put it beside your alarm clock and when that buzzer goes off hit the snooze button – then just look at your red card for about sixty seconds, after a couple of days you will find that the red colour boosts your energy and you are ready to go meet the day head on. You can do this anytime, in the office, before or after a sporting interval or to give yourself a boost when walking, jogging or running.

I hope that this article will spur you on to research the colours around you and how you can reap the rewards of excellent health for you and your family.


All matters relating to any illness should be discussed with a medical doctor and you should not discontinue any medication without their consent. Colour therapy is a fantastic holistic therapy and should be used in conjunction with your doctor’s advice and not as a replacement for your doctor.

About the Author

Written By Martyn Mills (Colour Therapist & Reiki Master)

Practising in Dublin Ireland since 1999

“Sometimes we have to experience darkness before we can appreciate the world of colour that we live in”

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