Colors and Essential Oils
Everything in the Universe is an expression of the vibration of the energy. Among of some of that expression is the light. Light is composed of colors. Color is Energy. Color is vibration, frequency and particular wavelengths of sunlight’s visible spectrum. These color rays are always affecting you physically, physiologically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually, whether you are aware of it or not. Each color vibrates at a particular rate that has a specific effect on the human (hue-man) body and energy system. The slower-moving frequencies (red, orange and yellow) tend to stimulate the body and the faster-moving frequencies (turquoise, blue and violet) tend to soothe it. For example, Bright Red’s frequency is stimulating and has an energizing activating effect, whereas Pale Blue’s vibration is relaxing and will calm the body and emotions.
Along with colors, light also consists of chemical and emotional elements since it emits heat, electricity and magnetism. Thus, light, along with its component colors, can be used for healing the mind, body and spirit. This is the basic principle behind Chromotherapy or color therapy.
Different colors have different effects on the mind and body. Today, there is enough evidence that has documented these organic reactions in the flora and fauna of earth. The potencies and qualities of every object are determined by the color of that object.
Combining these two healing sciences can help complement each other and bring about enhanced benefits. In aromatherapy, a single essential oil derived from any part of the plant (bark, seeds, flowers etc) could have different colors thanks to the differences in climatic conditions where the parent tree or herb has been cultivated as well as the part being distilled itself. Also, as most of us already know, the different Chakras or energy centers in our bodies also have specific colors associated with them. Can both, color therapy and aromatherapy, used together, help in balancing and activating these energy centers?
Yes,both sciences are based on vibration healing methods and colors, as we already know, have wavelength and frequencies.When certain colors fall on the retina of our eyes, our nerve cells vibrate throwing back emotions, feelings and thoughts in the brain. The result: we feel sadness, joy, nostalgia and other emotions. Essential oils are also associated with different colors and their molecules vibrate at different frequencies. They contain the healing vibrations of the parent plant or herb. Aromatherapists therefore believe that these vibrations could be at the same frequencies as those of the 7 chakras in the body.
Colors of flower reflects in the color of essential oils. As plants derive energy from the sun’s component rays which contain all the colors of a rainbow, they offer a special method of absorbing color vibrations into our system. Unlike synthetic substances, which have no vital force contained in them, essential oils are filled with living, pulsating vibrations. This is why aromatherapy, like color therapy, forms a part of vibrational medicine.
Vibrational medicine is a form of medicine that uses the powerful vibrations of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Thus, by integrating colors, essential oils and the individual vibration frequencies of the chakras, we can stimulate, heal and balance our energy centers and re-tune them to bring harmony, health and well being in our lives.
Red, in color therapy, is used to stimulate and increase the action of arterial blood. Hence, drugs which are red, such as Capsicum, cloves, balsam of Peru, red cedar and musk etc are used for stimulating oxygen in the blood. Likewise, red glass or red paint used in rooms can be used for exciting and cheering patients. Red colored baths and red light therapy have actually helped patients recover from complete paralytic state.
Yellow drugs are mainly emetics. Indian hemp, Blood root, May apple and Senna etc are a few laxatives and purgatives that are yellow or yellow-red in color. Yellow sunlight can be enhanced through yellow glass to help treat patients suffering from chronic bronchial irritation and colds etc. Drinking water stored in yellow wine bottles is known to help treat severe constipation.
Blue and violet colors have cooling and electrical properties. Drugs like belladonna, aconite, foxglove, ergot etc are used to treat diarrhea, delirium and diuresis that are a result of overheating of the body. Green tea is actually a mix of blue and yellow and is known for its antioxidant and astringent properties that help boost immunity. Blue light color therapy has helped heal sciatica, and even complex case of lung hemorrhage. Blue and white used together in chromotherapy has helped heal rheumatism, nervousness and invalidism where conventional medical treatments have failed.
Essential Oils concentrate the vital forces of the plant into a material. Plants produce essential oils to protect themselves against disease and rot, and to ward off pests. The practice of aromatherapy harnesses these powers to benefit humans. Essential oils can calm us down or cheer us up; help us sleep or sharpen our focus. They can soothe irritated skin, help fight infections, and facilitate the body’s natural healing process.
They are the most potent forms of herbal energy, having profound effects on the major functions of the bodys endocrine, digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems. They aid in the elimination of toxins from the entire body, and some, like lavender, geranium, and chamomile stimulate the regeneration of cells. Research has revealed that some oils are powerful antiseptic and antibiotics, such as lemon, eucalyptus and cinnamon. Each oil has a vibration and each vibration relates to a color. Essential oils may be worn as perfume, diffused, a few drops added to the bath, used in vaporizers, added to a spray mist and some taken internally.
Science teaches us that the human body is in fact part physical matter and part energy matter. So, in order to have optimal health and wellness, we need to address both aspects. When we utilize Aromatherapy and Color Therapy together, we have the means to positively affect both aspects of the self. Color Aromatherapy is a form of vibrational Aromatherapy (a.k.a. energetic Aromatherapy) that not only addresses the physical body, but the energy component as well, providing an ideal holistic healing practice.
It works on both physical and nonphysical levels, holistically, addressing the physical body, mind and soul by linking physical, mental, and emotional levels of concern. It actually works best when it is used by the mind and body simultaneously working subtly, through the senses as you absorb impressions. It targets different neuro-chemicals in the brain, to lift up, stimulate, sedate or create euphoria.
However the most well known way it works is through smell, because of the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls our moods, emotions, memory and learning, through the olfactory system.
Essential oils stimulate our powerful sense of smell which is a primordial link to our brains. We have the capability to distinguish 10,000 different smells and it is also well known that smells have a significant impact on how we feel.
Our sense of smell could be triggered to activate the release of neurochemical hormones (neurohormones). These substances include serotonin, adrenaline, oxytocin and endorphins, and they govern physical functions such as respiration, heart rate and blood pressure.
They also play a part in regulating basic emotions such as fear, hunger, sexual desire, euphoria. In fact we believe all the emotions are associated with the production of neurohormones. Some of them also influence cognitive function.
The smells that compose the perfume will activate our emotions in 2 ways,
1- the direct way of psycho-aromatherapy on the central nervous system.
You will like the smells that trigger in you the endocrine glands that need to be. The perfume will activate your personal pharmaceutical laboratory into producing your own personal medicines.
2- The complex way of olfactory memories, your own personal and the ones inherited congenitally.
You will like the smells that have been associated with positive experiences, by you personally or by humanity at large.
This was the starting point of my understanding by which mechanism emotions were awaken by smells and how olfactory memories were working.
The olfactory memories are custodied within our central nervous system and they are but a memory code that activates the different endocrine glands into pouring in our blood stream a cocktail of neurochemicals that will reproduce the emotions.
In the same way as a musician could write an infinity of melodies with just seven notes, our endocrine system with six major endocrine glands and neurochemicals can play an infinite variety of emotions.
The perfumer in his turn is playing the endocrine system, each note of his perfume is potentially awaking a complex set of emotion, in this sense, more than a musician, a natural perfumer is like a deejay playing with different songs instead of different notes.
The scents of nature are the root of our olfactory memories, every perfume made with them makes us experience an intricate blend of complex emotions.
How aromatherapy works is that as scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, our memories and our ability to learn. This area is called the limbic system and when stimulated it releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other “feel-good” chemicals.
Here are different essentials oils, their colors and the Chakras they could affect.
Red – Red, the warmest of all colors, signifies passion, heat and vitality.
Red is extroverted, just like the substance in this bottle. The absolute extracted from the Jasmine flower is a bright, sensual red and helps shed inhibitions.
It helps introverts come out of their shells and helps a couple revive the ‘heat’ in their relationship. It is very effective in driving away depression and fueling passion, libido and self-esteem when a person is feeling down and low.
Red rose, red thyme, red cabbage, black pepper, Sage, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Jasmine and camphor essential oils are red in color and can be used to balance and activate the root chakra associated with passion, sexual energy and reconnection with Mother Earth.
Orange – This orange liquid here is Sweet Orange essential oil. This organic oil comes from Argentina and just by looking at its bright happy color, one can’t help but smile.
Orange is an uplifting, joyful oil. It has a cleansing quality that clears a saddened heart and physically too, it helps purify the liver.
I use it in several blends for digestion, and detoxifying because of its digestive, lymphatic, gastric and sedative properties.
Cypress, Neroli, Ginger, Carrot seed, Pimento, Nutmeg, Aniseed, Calendula, Marigold etc are orange in color and can be used to remove blockages from the sacral chakra for joy and contentment.
Yellow– Lemon, Citronella, Cilantro, Grapefruit, basil, fennel, sandalwood, yellow camphor, aniseed, caraway, can be used for removing blocks from solar plexus chakra for clarity of mind.
Green– Green is associated with the Heart chakra and essential oils that are green in color include Rose, rosewood, bergamot, Melissa, Jasmine. Using these oils one can evoke feelings of love, harmony and peace.
Blue– Blue essential oils include Lavender, sage, lemongrass, and blue chamomile. Blue is associated with the Throat chakra and the use of these oils can help remove problems in communication.
Indigo – Indigo is associated with the Brow chakra which deals with intuition and sixth sense. The use of Rosemary, Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Clary sage, Spruce and Elemi is especially beneficial for the activation and balancing of this particular chakra.
Violet– The color violet is linked with the Crown chakra which is our connection to the Higher Consciousness. Neroli and Frankincense as well as St. John’s Wort, Angelica and Lavender are linked with this chakra.
Most essential oils are photochemically inactive in the visible region but do have some reactivity in the ultra-violet (UV) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Since UV light of high enough energy to cause photochemical reactions in most organic molecules is absorbed (not transmitted) by normal glass, regardless of color, most of the time it really makes little difference if the oils are in clear, brown, blue, green, purple or whatever color glass.
Of course there are a few exceptions, as with the chamazulene containing oils (blue chamomile, blue yarrow, blue tansy, etc.) that you would not want to store in colorless bottles for long periods under heavy lighting conditions. This is because chamazulene has strong absorption in the VISIBLE region of the spectrum (thus the intense dark blue color of these oils) and so it is the lower energy visible light and not just UV light that can significantly effect these oils. As a general rule, if the liquid is intensely colored then thats telling you that there is significant activity in the visible region and normal light can effect the product since clear glass is obviously transparent to all frequencies of the visible spectrum.
Each aromatherapy oil projects its own unique color vibration. These essential oils are taken from the flowers, leaves and bark of a wide variety of herbs and can be used in several ways.
A few drops of lavender oil in a hot bath will bathe you in a soothing lilac vibration relaxing tired and strained muscles and a few drops of rose geranium oil in an oil burner will create an uplifting feeling whilst enveloping your with the healing and loving color vibration of green and pink.
|Black Pepper||Brown – Stability, grounding, solidity and simplicity|
|Chamomile||Pale Green – Soothing, gentle, calming and healing|
|Cedar wood||Brown and Cream – Protective, harmonious, grounding and warm.|
|Clary Sage||Lavender – Soothing, calming, anti-depressant and sedating|
|Cypress||Yellow – Anti-stress, life-force, cheerfulness, vitality and energy|
|Eucalyptus||Grey – Cooling, deodorizing, clearing and neutralizing|
|Frankincense||Gold – Mind calming, rejuvenating, perfection and overcoming|
|Geranium||Pink and Green – Soft, tender, healing, balancing and uplifting|
|Hyssop||Purple – Alertness, anti-depressive, renewal, soothes stress and fatigue|
|Jasmine||White and Green – Soothing, calming, healing, balance and harmony|
|Juniper||Gold and Green – Fertility, growth, rejuvenation, recovering and healing body and mind|
|Lavender||Lilac – Versatile, renewing, soothing and relieving|
|Marjoram||Green and Yellow – Warming, calms emotions, relives anxiety, relaxing and calming|
|Neroli||Orange – Aphrodisiac, cheering, non-constricting, comfort and sedating|
|Patchouli||Apricot – Grounding and balancing emotions, regenerating, stimulating and cooling|
|Peppermint||White and Green – Cooling, refreshing, stimulating, and increasing mental ability|
|Rose||Pink and Cream – Soothing, harmonizing, self-nurturing, tender and soft|
|Rosemary||White and Mauve – Crisp, clean, stimulating, clearing and mental awareness|
|Sandalwood||Pale Yellow and Pale Green – Reduces tension and confusion, relaxing, harmonizing and calming|
|Tea-tree||Red and Green – Immuno-stimulant, anti-infectious, warm, energetic and stimulation|
|Ylang-ylang||Grey and Pink – Helps with frigidity and impotence, balancing, stimulating, nurturing and soothing|
The easiest way to integrate the two healing sciences at home is to use essential oils in bath or burn specific oils using an oil burner. You can even meditate on the different Chakra colors (visualize their color, or light candles of that particular color while sitting quietly) to heal and balance the 7 chakras. Color therapists are also working with paint companies to develop a range of colors which we can use to paint or decorate our homes with. There are also many websites selling colorful gems, crystals, scarves, T-shirts and other clothing to help people use those colors for healing specific disorders or solving certain problems. But, perhaps the best way to use Color therapy and Aromatherapy in tandem is to choose colors and scents based upon one’s intuition.
They can be used in three ways, through inhalation, topically and orally (only under experienced medical supervision, SOME OILS CAN BE TOXIC).
Aromatherapy also works by absorbing the essential oils that have been extracted from plants, fruits, herbs and flowers into the blood stream through the skin.
Aromatherapy comes in massage oils, bath salts, lotions, injury salves, inhalers, candles, air fresheners and more! It’s great for house cleaning, too—you can find natural cleaning products made with essential oils at your local health food store, and even make your own.
Most blends can be rolled over your pulse points, where they’re absorbed through your skin and inhaled throughout the day. This is aromatherapy the way it was meant to be—pure, convenient, effective!
Aromatherapy done right can make you feel just as good as it makes you smell.Aromatherapy is the use of highly concentrated aromatic oils distilled from plants to heal the body, boost mental performance, and influence emotions.
It can even help ward off pests—most organic bug repellants are essential oil aromatherapy!
When an aromatic essential oil (diluted) permeates our skin through the bath or a massage, it activates thermal receptors, killing microbes and fungi.
How aromatherapy works is that when the oil penetrates the epidermis, it also stimulates our sophisticated lymph duct system, and enters the bloodstream, eventually delivering well-being to our frayed and frazzled minds.
This method is perfectly safe and if you’ve ever rubbed a fragrant lotion, cream or ointment into your skin or received an aromatherapy massage, you’ve already indulged in a form of aromatherapy.
Scientific studies have established that essential oils used in aromatherapy contain chemical components that can exert certain specific effects on the mind and body. Their chemistry is complex, but generally includes alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, and terpenes.
|Massage||Use a massage couch and cover the patient with towels, exposing areas one at a time. Massage for up to 90 minutes||7-10 drops (1.5- 2%) in 25ml (1 fl oz) of carrier oil, for a complete massage (adult dose)||Benefits physical and psychological problems. Good for muscular fatigue and aching, nervous tension, and anxiety|
|Ointments and creams||Ointments and creams||5-20 drops (0.5-2%) in a 50g (2 oz) jar or tub||Higher dose of 2% may be applied to bruises, sprains, painful joints, and the chest and back for respiratory ailments. Lower dose of 0.5% is for sensitive or inflamed skin|
|Compress||Add essential oil to a bowl of either hot or cold water. Place a cloth on the water and wring out. Apply to affected area for 5 minutes. Repeat 2-4 times||3-5 drops in a 600mls (one pint) bowl of water||Hot compresses are suitable for cold conditions characterized by a fixed, cramping pain, worse in cold weather. Cold ones are for hot, swollen conditions, and pain of a “burning” nature|
|Steam Inhalation||Add essential oil to a bowl of boiled water. Draping a towel over the head, breathe in the steam for 1-2 minutes only. Repeat 2-4 times||2-3 drops in a 600mls (one pint) bowl of water||Effective for respiratory complaints, including: bronchial and sinus congestion; coughs and bronchitis; and sore throats, colds, and influenza|
|Bath||Add essential oil to very warm bath water, vigorously stirring in the drops to ensure full and safe dispersal. Allow time for a good, relaxing soak||4-6 drops (adult) 3-5 drops (13-16yrsS 2-4 drops (10-12yrs) 1-3 drops (7-9 yrs) 1-2 drops (4-6yrs) 1 drop (under 3yrs)||The ultimate way to relax. Especially beneficial for nervous tension and tired, sore muscles. For insomnia, bathe in oils such as lavender, orange, and chamomile before going to bed|
|Vaporization||Add essential oil to a burner (containing water), or a dish of water that can be safely warmed. Or use an electric nebulise (without water)||5-20 drops in a burner or dish; 20-200 drops in a nebuliser||A burner is best employed for the psychotherapeutic purposes of mood enhancement and upliftment. A nebuliser is preferable for disinfecting the air and to improve breathing|
The innovative practice of combining Color Therapy and Aromatherapy offers a wise union of our most complex sense, our sense of sight, with our strongest sense, our sense of smell.
There are rich similarities between these two senses and coordinating therapies: both communicate with the limbic system of the brain and the hypothalamus. Just as the olfactory bulb transmits fragrance molecules to the limbic system, photoreceptors in each eye transform light into electrical impulses which then affects the brain’s hypothalamus; both therapies trigger emotional responses due to this relationship with the hypothalamus which regulates the function of the autonomic nervous system.
The experiences of pleasure, pain, “fight or flight,” and mental stress are governed by this system, thus our overall emotional health is affected. Both create biochemical reactions that send signals to the brain to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters including serotonin (olfaction) and melatonin (vision), both influence our sensory memory, and both stimulate vital glands. Aromatherapy affects the pituitary “master” gland which regulates hormones like endorphins. Color Therapy affects the pineal gland which secretes melatonin, influences intuition and is responsible for how the body utilizes light energy. Color Therapy is a form of light therapy, and many Color Therapists also utilize light to activate the pineal gland.Since both therapies trigger memories, there is the potential of forming new positive associations through color and scent. Color seems to affect memory partly due to the repetition of color associations in modern society known as “color conditioning.”