If I told you that you could change your mood and possibly improve your health using colour, would you believe me?

Colour has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians recognized the healing power of the sun – they may have gained some of their knowledge from the Atlantians – and built the temple of Heliopolis with its healing halls where the sun’s rays were refracted into the colours of the spectrum. The Greeks began to consider the physical nature of colour and Hippocrates diagnosed conditions by looking at the colour variations of eyes, skin and hair.

We are all surrounded by an electromagnetic field called an aura. Very sensitive people claim to be able to see this but it can be shown through the use of special photographic techniques called auric or Kirlian photography. Colour therapists can then use this to determine imbalances in the body’s energy and select the appropriate colour or colours to correct this using the relationship between the aura and the chakras which are the eight energy centres linked to the endocrine glands and specific organs of the body.

Each chakra has its own colour and healers attempt to use appropriate colours to correct imbalances. Even scientists have shown clearly that red stimulates the glandular system, increases heart rate and raises blood pressure and that blue has the opposite effect. But auras and chakras aside (I don’t want to get too metaphysical on you!), certainly colours do affect us physically, emotionally and mentally.

You just need to find the right colour for the right time for you, and to help you, here are some interpretations from our expert, Manjit Bains, to inspire your next choice of clothing, interior design or lipstick!

Purple
Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. Purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple helps align oneself with the whole of the universe so is a good colour for mediation. Put some purple in your life when you want to use your imagination to its fullest, to re-balance your life, to remove obstacles, or to energize from depression.

Red

Red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. Red signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination. It is also strong-willed and can give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power. Put some red in your life when you want increased enthusiasm and interest, more energy, action and confidence to go after your dreams.

Green

The colour green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Green is the colour of balance and harmony. It is the great balancer of the heart and …the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart. Green is an emotionally positive colour, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally. It is a natural peacemaker.