Light is the visible electromagnetic spectrum containing the colors, each of them being associated with a specific wavelength. The visible spectrum is a small fraction of the wide range of electromagnetic frequencies. Certain colors and their specific vibrations assist the body in natural healing and recuperative powers for achieving and maintaining health and well-being. Albert Einstein, one of the first scientists to seriously study light said, “All forms of matter are really light waves in motion.” The creation of light is recorded in Genesis 1:3 “And Elohim (God) said, “Let light come to be,” and light came to be.”
Color makes up a band of light wave frequencies, with red having a 1/33,000 of an inch wavelength, to violet at 1/67,000 of an inch wavelength.1 Infrared, microwaves, and radio waves lie below the visible red spectrum. Ultraviolet, x-rays, and gamma rays lie above the visible violet spectrum.
“Planck’s constant, h = 6.626 × 10−34 joule-second in the meter-kilogram-second system (4.136 × 10−15 eV-sec), relates the energy of a photon to the frequency of the electromagnetic wave and allows a precise calculation of the energy of electromagnetic radiation in all portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.”2
Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD)
The acknowledgement of seasonally affected disorder (SAD) as a medical condition (previously termed “cabin fever”) may have been what led the way for the acceptance of light therapies. SAD occurs frequently during winter months or when people are confined in a house or hospital for long periods. Light deprivation also occurs in many occupations such as pilots, flight attendants, miners, third-shift workers, those in an office without windows, etc. The depression or mood disorder that affects people with SAD is readily resolved with exposure to full spectrum lighting, or the onset of spring and summer, if symptoms have primarily occurred during winter months.
Anyone who isn’t exposed to sufficient natural light may tend to exhibit symptoms of depression, low energy, and excessive sleepiness. Lack of sunshine may elicit feelings of frustration, confinement, irritation at everything and anything and an inability to concentrate or enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Specific colors resonate at varying frequencies, which certainly change the dynamics of a person’s health and mood.
See the post, “Balancing Energy with Music and Color Frequencies,” for an introduction to using color therapy. This post is designed to expand on this concept.
“In 1997 researchers at the School of Agriculture and Forest Science at the University of Wales, UK used red and blue light to establish whether these would increase activity and reduce locomotion disorders in meat chickens. They showed that in 108 chicks walking, standing, aggression and wing stretching all increased in intensity when reared from day 1-35 in red light. Where blue light was used, there was a high incidence of gait abnormalities. Prayitno DS., Phillips CJ and Stokes DK. 1997. The effects of color and intensity of light on behavior and leg disorders in broiler chickens. Poultry Science 76(12): 1674-81.”
Red is the great energizer, being warm and vibrant. If an area of the body is stiff and constricted consider using red light therapy. It tends to stimulate the production of adrenaline, aiding in growth and healing.
Use red for poor circulation, anemia, or if there is a tendency of feeling cold. Do not use red with hyperactivity, high blood pressure, or when trying to become relaxed.
Orange, being the blend of red and yellow, is warming and cheering. Orange tends to stimulate the flow of energy and lymphatic fluid, but it is not as intense as the color red used singly.
Use orange for better digestion, detoxification, and regulating blood sugar levels. Do not use orange if tending to overeat or are over stimulated.
Yellow is bright and cheery, stimulating the nerves and the mind. It tends to stimulate the flow of digestive juices in the intestines, as well as opening the pores of the skin. The spleen is the major organ of the lymphatic system which also contains an extensive network of nodes branching throughout the entire body. The thymus and spleen create T cells for the immune system. Yellow stimulates spleen activity for lymphatic drainage and supports immune strength.
Use yellow for stimulating the digestive tract, increasing mental activity, and strengthening muscles and bones. Do not use yellow when restless, stressed, or have difficulty sleeping.
Green – Gallbladder and Liver Meridians
Being a blend of blue and yellow, green is a balancing color, directly in the middle of the color spectrum. Green is a general tonic and stabilizer for conditions stemming from being out of balance.
Use green for being more positive and compassionate. Also, green is used for balancing any conditions relating to muscles, joints, circulation, and immunity. The pituitary gland is stimulated with green.
Blue – Bladder and Kidney Meridians
Blue is relaxing and cooling, calming many forms of inflammation. Most hyper type conditions respond nicely to the blue color frequency.
Use blue for increasing self-expressiveness and responsibility. It helps calm the nerves when restless or agitated. Do not use blue if there is a tendency towards sadness. Use blue for skin rash and itching.
Being a combination of blue and red, indigo offers more stimulation than the blue color used alone. Indigo stimulates creativity and inspiration. When ideas aren’t flowing freely, consider indigo light therapy.
Use indigo for strengthening the central nervous system and endocrine glands. Do not use indigo when there is tendency for nightmares.
Violet is the last visible color before the ultra-violet (UV) light spectrum. UV light is becoming popular as an antiseptic water treatment. Violet has the shortest wave length, being very good for stimulating the thought process.
Use violet when using the mind for creativity. Do not use violet when there are some addictive tendencies.
Light Frequencies Travel Throughout the Body
“Cell to cell communication by biophotons has been demonstrated in plants, bacteria, animal neutrophil granulocytes and kidney cells. Whether such signal communication exists in neural cells is unclear. By developing a new biophoton detection method, called in situ biophoton autography (IBA), we have investigated biophotonic activities in rat spinal nerve roots in vitro. We found that different spectral light stimulation (infrared, red, yellow, blue, green and white) at one end of the spinal sensory or motor nerve roots resulted in a significant increase in the biophotonic activity at the other end.”3
Because sunlight contains the complete full spectrum of colors, exposing the skin to sunlight has been proven to transmit these colors throughout the entire body. So, in moderation, enjoy the full color spectrum of natural light for its health benefits. Enjoy sunshine in moderation, being careful with the sun’s intense UV strength between 10 am and 2 pm, especially during the summer. As needed, use an individual color as therapy for wonderful balancing effects.