The Color Red אדם in Understanding Biblical Color Therapy צבע טיפול בשמנים

Adom אדם  in Hebrew is the word for the color Red

The letter read  are from Right to left Alef Dalet Men אדם

Each letter represents Adom א, Daveed ד (King), Mashiach מ. These three have Wisdom and Understanding. Red is associated with the Tribe of Judah which is the tribe that the King of Israel was chosen from. It is also the tribe which Mashiach (Messiah) will come from. Judah is considered the wisest and most understanding of the 12 tribes of Israel.

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Red is considered one of the most important anointing colors. But too much of the color Red -Adom can become Edom, Edom is the name of the nation that sprang from Esau, the son of Isaac and Rebekah, and the brother of Jacob (Genesis 25:30).

Edom bordered Israel on the south and was a kingdom long before Israel (Genesis 36:31). Edom and Israel skirmished throughout their existence. King Saul battled them (1 Samuel 14:47) but David conquered them (2 Samuel 8:14) and Edom remained under Israel’s control until the reign of Jehoram (2 Kings 8:20).

The ethnonym, Edomite, occurs only sporadically in the Bible (Deuteronomy 23:8, 1 Samuel 21:8, 1 Kings 11:14), and is spelled without the signature letter vav. That means that Edomite is spelled the same as Adamite (one of Adam).

  The root (shoreshim) of  RED  דמם  דום  דמה  דמן  אדם  דם

Perhaps by coincidence and perhaps not, this root-cluster contains roots that all seem to have to do with stillness or productivity, with a clear nod to the color red.

Red is the color of dawn and is also the first color a human baby learns to see. It seems plausible that to the Hebrews the color red signified the rudiments or principal beginnings of civilization, which of course is a mere manifestation of the beginning of a wisdom tradition, or as we would call it today, the preservation of information (in a cultural expression). That would link the beginning of wisdom to typical red items such as wine (Noah’s vineyard: Genesis 9:20) and blood ( Exodus 24:8), and since the art of understanding and wisdom is metaphorized in a standing on dry land (Noah again), a partial understanding would be similar to mud and mire (in which Noah’s dove couldn’t find a foothold; Genesis 8:9).

A strikingly similar relationship between tranquility, muddy substances and the color red is demonstrated by the root-group or shoreshim (hamar; research the name Homer), and perhaps even by the root group  or shoreshim ( yvn; see the name Javan, which is the Biblical word for Greece).

So too much Red the person lacks in wisdom and no enough Red the person also lacks in wisdom. So we need red to strengthen wisdom (Adom) within us but with caution not to become unbalanced (Edom) .

Essential Oils recommended to help one gain WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING is



RED relates to the base of the spine. Some problems associated too much of this color are:- constipation, diarrhea,  colitis, Crohn’s disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, problems with hips, legs and feet.

Some Positive and negative aspects of the color Red

Positive aspects of this color Negative aspects of this color
Courageous Fearful
Pioneering spirit Fear of progress
Leadership qualities Ruthless
Strong willed Brutal/ Aggressive
Confident Domineering
Energetic Resentful
Determined Self pitying
Spontaneous Obstinate
Wisdom Quick tempered

Using Red in Color Therapy

Red is the lowest of the seven colors in the visible spectrum and is known as a “warm” color. It is stimulating and energizing therefore it is helpful for tiredness and lethargy, to stimulate low blood pressure, to boost sluggish circulation.  Red should not be used on anyone, with hypertension/high blood pressure since this colour increases blood flow. (That is to say as a color treatment). Pink may be used instead in such cases.

Red, in its most positive sense, is the color for courage, strength and pioneering spirit. However, in the most negative aspect, it is the color of anger, violence and brutality and, interestingly, before world war two it was noted that a lot of red was being worn.

Using colors well in the home is a way of creating a balanced environment. Red is energizing and excites the emotions, and can stimulate the appetite.(Often used in restaurants). It can be used in any activity area but red needs careful choice of tone and depth and the space in which it is to be used as it can make a space look smaller and can be claustrophobic or oppressive. However, used well, red and its variations, can make a space feel warm and cozy.


So sure was Rahab of the coming victory of the Israelites that she begged the two spies to promise to save her and her household in the coming invasion.

Pinchas and Caleb readily pledged themselves to remember Rahab and her household, and as a token and sign they asked her to tie a scarlet thread in her window, so that it could be clearly seen by the Israelites when they reached the city wall. This would indicate which was the house of Rahab, and all in it would thus be spared as they had promised her.

For Rahab  eas full of wisdom that she declared that the G-d of Israel is the  G-d in heaven above and on the earth beneath! This was a remarkable confession of faith in the One and Only G-d, which even many a Jew sometimes forgot during those days when the belief in idols and many gods was so common. Our rabbis in the Midrash, in fact, tell us that G-d was very pleased with Rahab’s faith, and said: “On earth, you could see with your own eyes that there is no other G-d beside Me. But to declare also that I am the only G-d also in heaven this shows real faith. I promise you therefore that one of your descendants shall be one of the greatest prophets, for whom the heavens will be opened, and he will see what no other prophet has seen.”

That was the great prophet Ezekiel, who saw the divine chariot in heaven. Rahab’s reward was more than that. She became Joshua’s wife, and was the ancestress of great priests and prophets, among them also the prophet Jeremiah and the prophetess Huldah.

It shows never judge anyone by their appearance alone. Red is a color of non judgement.


Suggested names and words to research on your own will reveal so much into the color red enjoy!

Adam אדם

Adamah אדמה

Adami-nekeb אדמי הנקב

Admah אדמה

Adummim אדמים

Akeldama ακελδαμα

Dimnah דמנה

Dumah דומה

Edom אדום

Elmadam αλμωδαμ

Madmannah מדמנה

Madmen מדמן

Madmenah מדמנה

Obed-edom עבד־אדום עבד אדם


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