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In Living Colour

When one day you reach for the blue shirt, and the next you can’t move past the pale pink tie or scarf, know that your subconscious mind is most likely choosing the colour you need at that moment. Every colour has its own frequency, and specific frequencies have unique physiological effects in the body. Colour therapy, also known as chromotherapy or light therapy, uses the visible spectrum of light to affect your physical, emotional and mental health. Over the years colour has been used extensively for healing, alongside music and plant medicine.

USA educator Barbara Meister Vitale employed colour as a therapy in the 1970’s. She showed that using different coloured material could reduce hyperactivity in children and increase their attention span. And that using a variety of different coloured pens and paper in the classroom was a way to increase a child's leaning skills.

Blue light is used to assist both adults and children to read and study for example. It is also the colour of communication. Surrounding yourself with blue can allow you to express your thoughts more eloquently or bravely. Bright golden yellow can be worn to reduce nervousness and anxiety. So is the perfect colour choice if you suffer from exam nerves or are facing a dreaded board meeting.

Registered psychologist Rosemary Boon, has worked in the industry for over 30 years. She uses clinically researched Bioptron light therapy in her practice Learning Discoveries. Backed by clinical research, the light therapy helps “in a natural way by supporting the regenerative and rebalancing capacities of the body and therefore helping the body release its own healing potential,”

Ms Boon uses warm colours such as red, orange and yellow to energize clients and blue, green and other cool colours to calm them.

“Purple is for the third eye. It increases intuition and connection with self,” she says. 'It's a colour for learning and memory.'

The colours you choose say a lot about your state of mind and desires says colour coach Lucy Smart, and you can change the course of your day just by changing the colour you're wearing.

Use green to calm the mind and help decrease blood pressure, as well as to encourage feelings of unconditional love and acceptance. Eating white foods can kick start a detox. As for black, it may give you a sophisticated and powerful look but over time, if worn without a break it can suppress your natural killer cells that protect you from infection.

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The information presented here does not include diagnosis of Medical ailments or drug interactions. Please consult with your NHAA medical herbalist, G.P. or pharmacist for a diagnosis of symptoms and advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs. The information contained in this article is based on research and the personal experience of the author who may not be held responsible for any adverse effects or consequences that may arise as a result of implementation of any of the information contained in this article or for any omissions or errors within it.

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