By Marlene M. Mitchell Certified Aromatherapy Teacher and Certified Color Therapist
This is why aromatherapy, like color therapy, forms a part of “vibrational medicine” – a form of medicine that uses the powerful vibrations of the electromagnetic spectrum. As I have been researching Aromatherapy and Color Therapy for years I have learned how they both work harmoniously together and blend to create a desired effect.
To create a perfect blend of Aromatherapy with the color vibration you can blend a complementary color pair such as yellow and violet, or pink and green. You can also use color as a guide to using essential oils, by mixing those with similar or complementary colors.
Orange skin tonic:
Put 16 drops of orange essential oil and 4 drops of neroli into ½ cup/4 fl. Oz/100 ml orange flower water. Use as a cleanser, as required. Do not use if pregnant. Do not go out into the sun for at least 72 hours.
Yellow/Violet Healing Balm For Acne and Spots
Mix two drops of lemon essential oil and one drop of lavender essential oil with 6 drops of evening primrose oil. Spread onto the affected area morning and evening. Do not go out into the sun for at least 72 hours. Do not use if pregnant.
Violet Tonic For Blemished Skin
Put 12 drops of lavender into ½ cup/4 fl. Oz/100 ml of lavender water, and use to cleanse the affected area. Do not use if pregnant.
Yellow//Red Cellulite Bath Mix
Mix into 2 Tablespoons/30 ml. Of Almond Oil 2 drops of lemon and one drop of sandalwood essential oil . Add to the bath as required.
White – Cajeput
Red – Sandalwood
Orange – Orange, Mandarin, Cinnamon, Carrot Seed Oil, Neroli,
Gold – Patchouli
Yellow – Citronella, Lemongrass, Evening Primrose Oil, Lemon, Camphor.
Olive Green – Essential oils made from herbs, Himalaya Pine.
Emerald Green – Rosemary, Scotch Pine, Basil, Peppermint.
Pink – Geranium
Saphire Blue – Myrrh, Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile
Royal Blue – German Chamomile
Violet – Violet, Rose, Rose Geranium, Lavender, Juniper
Deep Magenta – Frankincense, Clary Sage,
Subtle energy is produced by our body’s energy anatomy, also referred to as our subtle anatomy. The body is surrounded by a vibrational field that is commonly referred to as the aura. The aura is an electromagnetic force field that surrounds all living things in both the animal and plant kingdom and interpenetrates the physical body. The force field shields and protects the body.
Perhaps you can sometimes see a light around a person’s head or you may sense somebody’s mood. If so, you may be becoming aware of the human energy field that people call the Aura. The colors of the aura are a good indicator of the personality, health and spirituality. The aura is multi-colored and flows and moves with you, changing color with your moods, feelings and spiritual condition.
Disease and illness are physical disorders which have their roots in being blocked or stuck in energy flow of the body–or in some cases, too free a flow, most often in or near vital organs. The flow is blocked, or stuck, or unbalanced, as a result of thought, which eventually works through the physical body as a pain or as an organic disturbance of some kind. This is the true nature of disease and illnesses and disorders to which humankind is prone. The release of the healing powers within oneself depends upon this particular cleansing process which can be cleansed using aromatherapy and color therapy.
Essential oils are derived from grasses, buds, peels, branches, needles, bark, leaves, seeds, berries, flowers2, roots, fruits, woods, herbs, spices. Carriers, which carry the essential oils throughout the body and bloodstream are oils are derived from nuts, plants, fruit kernels, beeswax, flowers, flower seeds, fruit seeds, plant seeds, vegetables, herbs. These have thicker consistency so that they can carry the essential oils throughout the body. Aromatherapy promotes health of body, peacefulness of mind, helps the negative emotions to rest and by working in conjunction with the olfactory system, helps a person get in touch with their true selves. Essential oils are gaining acceptance as a leading choice in home care.
Many chiropractors value essential oils with amazing results in chiropractic treatments. Scents that activate the brain’s emotional centre and redefining psychology. Practitioners of traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine have valued essential oils for thousands of years. More and more medical doctors are valuing the clinical benefits of essential oils. Aromatherapy is now being used as an adjunct to core professions such as nursing, geriatrics, rehabilitation work, counseling, and physiotherapy. Used with naturopaths, hospice, hospitals, Special Needs, working in the travel-leisure industry at spas, resorts, retreats and cruise ships, health centers.
Aromatherapy is used in methods such as massage, sitz baths, compresses, baths, perfumes, infusions, facial care, hair care.They can be used by human and animal alike. Do not use essential oils on cats or small animals.
The known physical and psychological effects of essential oils are often indicators of their subtle properties. For example, rosemary promotes mental clarity and relieves mental fatigue. On a subtle level, rosemary has an affinity with the sixth energy center (Third Eye), and is used to promote clear thoughts and insight. On a physical level juniper is cleansing and antiseptic. On a subtle level, it is used to cleanse a room of negativity, and to detoxify the subtle bodies.
THE PATCH TEST
If you are unsure of how your skin will react to an essential oil, apply one drop of the oil to some carrier oil to the inside of your wrist or forearm. Check the spot for any itching, redness, burning or irritation after a few hours. Or if needed to be applied before a massage a couple of minutes. If you have very delicate skin and wish to be extremely careful, you can cover the spot with a Band-Aid and leave it for 24 hours. You could also use these same procedures for carriers.
Color therapy is being used for Special Needs children in Special Needs centers. Color therapy is being used for children who have learning disabilities. A special colored filter chosen by the individual child and placed over their reading material helps a child learn more. Yellow is the most popular color. Dr. Phil had mentioned that using a blue light at bedtime helps to calm children to sleep and relax and has been used to calm children with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Color is the tiny visible portion of the vast spectrum of electromagnetic energy which is one of the fundamental forces of the universe. Light functions at the subatomic (quantum) level of matter as well as filling the whole space (as microwave background radiation – -an echo of the Big Bang of cosmic creation). All life on earth depends on the nutritious energy of light from the sun, which is conveniently stripped of dangerous levels of ultraviolet radiation by the earth’s atmosphere. Light, as bio-photons, is also working within the body’s cells as communication, and outside the body to infuse the auric field.
An individual’s life and psychology is symbolically related to colors and the colors occur in the aura. You may be ‘seeing red’ or ‘feeling blue.’ You may be ‘in the dark’(depressed) or fired with enthusiasm, bright spark. Growing spiritual awareness is linked with pale hues and the golden-white light that unifies all colors and represents the unity or Source of all.
You can apply color by putting a colored light bulb in a lamp and shining it on yourself, or, you can breathe color in, or you can visualize it. You can also put a color filter around a glass of water and let the sun shine on it for a couple of hours to create solarized water.
You can purchase colored filters from stage lighting companies or from Dinshah Health Society http://www.dinshahhealth.org/ Then the water will have the vibration of whatever color filter you put around the glass. Your whole system would then partake and benefit from the color effects. You might apply color therapy using a swing arm lamp.
You then can cut out two cardboard squares with a giant square in the middle of each square. You need two pieces of this. You then tape these two pieces together. Leave an opening to slide in your colored filters between the two cardboard pieces. Then you Velcro the square to the base of your swing arm lamp. You then can either use colored light bulbs. These you can purchase from a lamp company or hardware store. Or you can use colored filters. Once you do this, you shine the light on a body part or you shine it systemically.
This means, you shine the light all over the front or back of your body for an hour at a time. Some systems of Chroma Therapy (Color Therapy) teach that you should not shine violet light on the face. You should leave an hour or two in between different color treatments. You should also do a muscle test or dowse to see if the color is correct to use for that length of time. A person who is not comfortable under a certain color should not use that color for a lamp treatment. If you like a color, it is good for you.
If you have a neutral reaction to a color, you likely don’t need that color. You can use this type of therapy at night for your tonations (This means color treatment) if you get a light timer so that the light can be timed to go off at intervals. Each of the colors has a different effect on the body, yet they are all interrelated. They all work together to relieve, cleanse, build and heal. There are no dangerous side effects at any time. It would be better for a person to be unclothed. But if that person feels uncomfortable being unclothed. Then wearing white cotton underwear would be a great idea as the light can penetrate through white material especially if it is natural as the skin can breathe.
Treatments may be taken at any time before eating, but wait for two hours or more after a meal. If indigestion occurs, however, yellow may be used at that time. Normal light in the room will not interfere with the effect of the color, but do not use in the direct sunlight or other strong lights. It will dissipate the strength of the color. Have the room warm enough to prevent a chill. Since it is the effect of the color and not the heat, the lamp may be four to eight feet away from the body. It is best to be in a reclining position or sitting. The swivel on the lamp allows proper exposure on different areas.
Clothing makes a difference to a light treatment. You wear a color of clothing that is agreeable. The light will penetrate your clothes giving you a tonation. This is like shining a light on yourself through the color of your clothing. However, certain fibres with heavily saturated colors resist and diffuse the light. White cotton is the best of the fibres because it is natural and it doesn’t obstruct the light. This is called a tonation.
You can visualize or imagine the color you need or breathe in the colors that you need. Contemplating on a color either in your mind or by keeping your attention focused on something of the color you want to work with can be valuable . A more intellectual form of color meditation is to assemble your thoughts about a given color either just letting the associations flow or even writing them down.
Vegetable food coloring can be used in bath water to give your self a luxurious color bath. You can colored salt or baking soda to make a parable easily dispersed color bath salt. Perhaps you’d enjoy a color bath combined with some favourite water proof stones and perhaps some herbs or scented oils. Add Rose colored and aqua colored baths if you have a bathtub (its on the list of home improvements.) Purple and dark blue should only be used for a short time ten to twenty minutes at most, as they can be depressing if overused. Orange is very invigorating and deep clear greens are very restful. You can add flower petals to the bath. Be careful that the bath water is not too hot as this can destroy the properties of the flowers like roses.
Art can be used in color healing, painting or drawing with the colors you feel are needed is a valuable and expressive way to integrate color healing into your life. Color can be gazed at, you can get a swatch of a color or gemstones or candles to look at it or use objects of that color. Just walking in nature and looking at flowers is one way to bring in color . Study the artwork of the artist you enjoy and explore the effects that the artists color choices have on your emotions and sense of well being.
You can use colored food. This is called the rainbow diet. If you have been too depressed and you need to be uplifted, you can use the warm colors to heal. If you have been too stimulated and you need to calm down, you can use the cool colors to cool yourself down. These are some ways to use color in your daily life.
The bottom line of this article is whether you use essential oils in massage or in an aromatic bath, you are using the color frequencies that relate to their qualities and therapeutic actions and vibrations.
I hope your days are filled with beautiful colored rainbows.
Marlene teaches Complimentary Therapy workshops in her Institute International Certified Aromatherapy Institute as well at the Ottawa/Carleton School Board in Ottawa, Ontario as well as St. Lawrence College in Brockville and Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada. Marlene has done this for over 10 years. Marlene also teaches General Interest workshops online for Ontario Learn. OntarioLearn.com is a consortium of 22 Ontario Community Colleges who have partnered to develop and deliver online courses. Through this, she teaches courses on Aromatherapy, Color Therapy, Color Psychology, Crystals, Gemstones, Vibrational Healing, Flower Essences, Subtle Aromatherapy.
Marlene M. Mitchell sadly passed away in March of 2016 “May She Rest in Peace”.
Miss you so much my dear Teacher and Mentor.