Color therapy, also known as Chromotherapy, is the principle that certain colors are infused with healing powers. The seven colors of the rainbow improve balance and healing in the mind and body. This form of therapy also works in conjunction with Hydrotherapy (water) and Aromatherapy (scent) to enhance the healing effect. For example, Vata doshas may benefit from earthy colors, Pitta doshas can balance their natural tendencies with cooling, soothing colors and Kapha doshas may want to choose bold, mobilizing colors.
Color plays a significant role in how people respond to time spent in a particular space. For example, the coloring of walls and fabrics for a space affect a person’s response to that room. Often, this response to color directly correlates with a person’s comfort and well-being. Chromotherapy research shows that color can actually help heal the body.
The Code of Color
- Red: Raises blood temperature and stimulates circulation. Red is used to care for people with anemia, fatigue, paralysis, and exhaustion.
- Blue: Soothes. Blue is used for cases of inflammatory conditions, burns, and bruises. It also helps with eczema, psoriasis, rashes and sores. In addition, blue helps alleviate tension, stress, and problems with the immune system. It is believed to relieve insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, migraines, and skin irritation.
- Yellow: Used to aid in digestion and liver function. Yellow is thought to have decongestant and antibacterial properties that act as a cleanser for the body. It has been known to help relieve rheumatism and arthritis.
- Green: Creates balance and harmony within the body. It is especially good for heart and blood problems. It is known to influence the human cell structure and muscles.
- Orange: Gives vitality to the body and is associated with the kidneys, urinary tract, and reproductive organs.
- Purple: Associated with the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. It helps with head congestion and sinuses and is known to calm the nervous system.
Color therapy can generate an overwhelming emotional response in individuals. It’s important to refrain from overdoing spaces with too much color. Whether color is used to encourage healing or to enhance use of a space, color therapy can be exceptionally powerful.
Dosha Color Recommendations
Balancing colors for vatas are warm or calming. Yellows and golds are very pleasing in vata decor. So are white, violet, blue, and deep reds. Avoid bright red—it’s far too stimulating.
Because pittas tend to be hot, they need a cooling environment to stay in balance. Stick with soft, pastel colors to soothe away tensions. Blues and greens are particularly beneficial, as are pinks and roses.
Kapha needs the stimulation of bright, hot colors. Pick up the energy level with reds and oranges.