Color therapy — Coloring your inside world

Published 12:31 pm Wednesday, June 19, 2019

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herbs for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth …
One of the best book investments I ever made was from the book entitled “Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James and Phyllis Balch, MDs. The following article comes from this book and is quite a surprising eye-opener concerning color.
The effects of color on our moods, health, and way of thinking have been studied by scientist for a number of years. Your preference of one color over another may have something to do with the way that color makes you feel. Light is absorbed by the eye and converted to another form of energy, which enables us to see color. Photoreceptors in the retina of the eye, called the cones, translate these light waves into color vision. These sensory cells are effective only at higher light levels. Color vision requires different pigments, which are sensitive to blue, red and green light.
The color you choose for your surroundings can therefore affect changes in your body. For instance, red stimulates, excites and warms the body. The color red increases the heart rate, brain wave activity and respiration. Those who have poor coordination should avoid wearing the color red. In addition, those suffering from high blood pressure should avoid rooms with a red décor, which can cause their blood pressure to rise. Pink has a soothing effect on the body. It can even relax the muscles. Because pink has a tranquilizing effect on aggressive and violent persons, it is often used in prisons, hospitals, and juvenile and drug centers. After only a few minutes in a pink room, a teenager suffering from drug-induced anxiety became calm and exhibited more rational behavior. After 15 minutes in the pink room, the teenager fell asleep. Those suffering from anxiety or withdrawal symptoms would benefit from pink surroundings. Orange is the choice color if you want to stimulate the appetite and reduce fatigue. Use this color to encourage the finicky eater or a child who refuses to eat. Try using orange tablecloths or placemats to pique the appetite of the undernourished. This color should be avoided by those who are trying to lose weight.
If you want to stimulate memory, yellow is the preferred color. If you want to remember something, jot it down on yellow paper. Yellow is the most memorable of all the colors. As the color of sunshine, yellow has an energizing effect. Green is the color of spring and new beginnings. This color has a soothing and relaxing effect on the body as well as the mind. Green is appealing to the dieter and those who are depressed or anxious. If you want to relax, blue might be a good choice. Blue has a calming effect on the body; it lowers the blood pressure.
Hopefully, this will help you as much as me. Until next time …
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