Many of my clients and customers asked about color therapy while using essential oils. Here is the best information available. I had the privilege to learn this from Marlene Mitchell of Blessed Memory. Professor of Advanced Clinical Aromatherapy Instructor of ICAI School of Canada.
Color Therapy / Chromo-therapy
It has been known for thousands of years that color plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Color does affect one’s feelings, moods, and emotions.
Colors are certain wavelengths of electro-magnetic energy seen through our eyes. The color we see is the part of the visible spectrum that is reflected back by a certain object.
We know that when all colors join the result is a bright white light. Therefore working with White Light brings about completeness, oneness, union of all complementary parts. God separated darkness from light.
How Colors Affect Us
- Color is one of the languages of the soul, just look at inspired or meditative paintings.
- They influence our mood and emotions.
- They have their impact on our sense of well-being or un-easiness.
- Using and avoiding certain colors is a way of self-expression; it sheds light on our personality.
- Colors affect our way of perception (light colors make a space look big, a high ceiling looks less high when painted in a dark color, etc.)
- Colors have a symbolic meaning which is immediately recognized by our subconsciousness. It must be said that not all colors mean the same to all persons and all cultures.
- They influence the flow and amount of energy in our bodies.
- Colors tell something about biological attraction and sexual availability.
Our Sages Tells us that the High Priest would place oil in their palm and tap 7 time before applying the oil to the person who was with illness. The oil combination was said to be perfect combination and the color combination for healing. See Leviticus Chapter 14:26-28 on how the priest properly applied oil to someone to be healed.
And the priest shall pour some of the oil into the palm of his own left hand. Then the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the Lord. And the priest shall put some of the oil that is in his hand on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of the right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot..”
In healing colors act as balancers: we administer the color(s) someone needs more of, or we give the opposite of the color someone has too much of.
Each Tribe of Israel has a stone and color assigned to each one. It is believed whatever color one is attracted to may be a sign of which Tribe they are from. There is no evidence of this, but is a nice thought. There is some argument which color and which stone belongs to which tribe. But this sample chart seems to be a common agreement. I also included the corresponding Essential oil
Shevteem (Tribes) Colors And Essential Oils
|1. Odem||Sard||Red/Tekhelet||Etrog-Citron||Judah- Praise G-d, thank G-d|
|2. Pitdah||Topaz||Tan||Cistus||Issachar – Reward|
|3. Bareqeth||Chrysoprase||Yellow Green||Cypress||Zebulon-Reside, dwell|
|4. Nophek||Jacinth||Red Black||Galbanum||Dan- Judge|
|5. Sapphire||Lapis Lazuli||Tekhelet||Joppa Orange||Naphtali – To wrestle, to strive wi|
|6. Yahalom||Jasper||Orange||Sandalwood||Gad-To gather into a minyan, troop|
|7. Leshem||Chalcedony||Blue||Myrrh||Reuben – View or see|
|8. Shebuw||Emerald Quartz||Green||Cinnamon||Simeon – Hearing, obeying|
|9. Aclamah||Amethyst||Purple||Spikenard||Levi – Join or cleave to|
|10. Tarshish||Chrysolite||Yellow||Cassia||Asher – Happy|
|11. Shoham||Beryl||White||Frankincense||Joseph=Add to, addition|
|12. Jashepheh||Sardonyx||Red & White||Hyssop||Benjamin- Son of the right hand|
The Colors Correspond to the Tribes’ Stones according to Rabbinical Sources
(The Temple Institute Says:)
“In reality, the only fact which is known with absolute certainty is the color of each stone. Although absent from the Biblical passages, this is recorded by the Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 2:7) where it is stated that each tribe’s stone on the breastplate matched the background color of its flag (the tribes of Israel camped and journeyed according to their ensigns during the years of their desert travels).
Thus even if some doubt exists with regard to the scientific classification of the gems themselves, we can still be certain as to their appearance based on the Midrashic description of their colors (again, arbitrarily using the 12 “most representative” names we have chosen for the purpose of listing them):
- Ruby – Reuben – Red
- Jade – Shimon – Green
- Agate – Levi – Red, White, and Black Striped
- Carbuncle – Judah – Bluish-Green
- Lapis-Lazuli – Issachar – Blue
- Quartz Crystal – Zebulun – Clear
- Turquoise – Dan – Blue
- Amethyst – Naftali – Purple
- Agate – Gad – Grey
- Aquamarine – Asher – Blue-Green
- Onyx – Joseph – Black
- Opal – Benjamin – A Stone Possessing All the Colors”
Below is Modern Hebrew Color Chart with Essential oils
No matter what the chart you follow fact is a preference for certain colors can point at two things:
- self-expression (you choose the colors which match your personality; for instance green for a lover of harmony and nature)
- completion (you choose the colors you need more of; for instance an active, passionate person chooses blue colors to cool down his nature).
An aversion against certain colors gives information as well. Possible explanations are given in the chart.
Red- Saffron/ Henna/Rose אָדוֹם
Orange- Sweet Orange / Tangerine כָּתוֹם
Yellow- Lemon/Etrog citron צהוב
Direct Meaning Gleaming or Shining
Healing properties: Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments. It also energizes the muscles. Dark yellow soothes pains in the nerves (shooting pains)
Yellow can be used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. Speeds up the digestion and assimilation, and the stool.
It helps the pores of the skin and aids scarred tissue in healing itself.
Yellow links with and stimulates the solar plexus, or psychic center. It can be used for psychic burnout or other psychic-related conditions or ailments. Activates and cheers up depressed and melancholic people. Gives lust for life.
Esoteric: Elemental air. Abilities for trade, travel, knowledge Life-force, vitality, change, progress, contact, communication, trade, commerce, to persuade with confidence, joy, cheerfulness, learning, knowledge, mental clarity, concentration, memorizing, tests, speaking and writing, traveling, affirmation, visualization.
Preference for yellow: The color of the sun, life-force, vividity, vitality and energy. The color of cheerfulness, curiosity, alternation, flexibility, progress, amusement, contact through traveling and communication, learning and practical knowledge. A feeling for writing and speaking.
Aversion to yellow: A person who has aversion to yellow may be emotionally disappointed and bitter.May have tendency to rationalize feelings, or to avoid the depth of life by often changing relationships, many superficial relationships and/or constant changing activities.
Green- Canabis/Calamus/Aloe ירוק
Direct Meaning Healing plants
Healing properties: Green is the color of Nature and the earth. It is balance and harmony in essence and possesses a soothing influence upon both mind and body. It is neither relaxing nor astringent in its impact.Green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing.
Green rings psychological and emotional harmony and balance.
Green links with and stimulates the heart.Green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. It has both an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect.
It cures hormonal imbalances. Stimulates growth hormone and rejuvenation. Cleans and purifies from germs, bacteria and rotting material. Harmonizes the digestion, stomach, liver, gall. Has a healing effect on kidneys. Increases immunity. Builds up muscles, bones and tissues. Stimulates inner peace. Strengthens the nervous system.
Esoteric: Elemental earth (dark green) and elemental water (blue-green). Nature, fertility, growth, rejuvenation, recovering, healing, harvest and abundance, prosperity, harmony, balance, peace, hope, mother earth, home, herbal, plants and animals, counteract greed and jealousy.
Preference for green: Green brings peace, rest, hope, comfort and nurturing, calmness and harmony. Interest in nature, plants, fellowmen, children and animals, health and healing, natural and plain life. Longing for a safe home and family-life. A dislike of conflicts.
Aversion to green: A person who has an aversion to green may be more interested in independence and self-development than in a warm family-life. May prefer to keep a certain distance in (sexual) relationships.
Blue- Blue Tansy/Blue Yarrow/Jerusalem Mint/Peppermint כָּחוֹל
Direct Meaning Shed or Peel
Healing properties: Blue is cooling, electric, astringent. Dr. Edwin Babbitt, in his classic, “The Principles of Light and Color,” states that “The Blue Ray is one of the greatest antiseptics in the world.”
Cools down inflammations (don’t forget rheumatic inflammations), fever, high blood pressure, stops bleedings, reliefs the bursting headaches, calms strong emotions like anger, aggression or hysteria. Brings tranquility. Anti-itching. Anti-irritation (for instance redness of the skin), anti-stress. Soothes suffering.
Blue can be used for any type of ailments associated with speech, communication, or the throat. Excellent forlaryngitis or inflammation of the larynx.
Blue links with and stimulates the throat chakra. The throat chakra is often referenced as the “power center” and “the greatest center in the body” because it is the primary center of expression and communication, through speech.
Esoteric: Elemental water and elemental air. Energy of the sea, living water, truth and wisdom. Peace and tranquility, calmness, truth, wisdom, justice, counsel, guidance, understanding, patience, loyalty and honor, sincerity, devotion, healing, femininity, prophetic dreams, protection during sleep, astral projection.
Preference for blue: Cool and soothing, dreamy and magical. Peace and rest. For people who keep a certain distance, but give calm and practical help; they are faithful and loyal, have a sense for order, logic and rational thinking. Flying in day-dreaming, ideals or nostalgia when felt mis-understood. Dark blue is more severe and can be melancholic. Blue is also the color of truth.
Aversion to blue: A person who has an aversion to blue, may be very disciplined, strong career worker, with an aversion of commentary or restriction. He may have charted out a clear direction for his life and wants to follow that lacelike .
Indigo- Violet Leaf/Pomegranate/Balsam אַרגָמָן
Direct meaning Purpose Endurance.
Healing properties: Indigo is a great purifier of the bloodstream and also benefits mental problems. It is a freeing and purifying agent.
Indigo combines the deep blue of devotion with a trace of stabilizing and objective red. Indigo is cool, electric, and astringent.
Indigo links with and stimulates the brow area or Chakra (third eye) and controls the pineal gland. It governs both physical and spiritual perception.It can be of great assistance in dealing with ailments of the eyes and ears.
Violet – Purple-Myrrh/ Lavender סָגוֹל
Direct Meaning Concentration or Focus
Healing properties: These are colors of transformation.They heal melancholy, hysteria, delusions and alcohol addiction and bring spiritual insights and renewal. These colors slow down an over-active heart; stimulate the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Bring sleep. Soothe mental and emotional stress. Decrease sexual activity. Decrease sensitivity to pain. They help in detoxification.
Leonardo da Vinci proclaimed that you can increase the power of meditation ten-fold by meditating under the gentle rays of Violet.
Esoteric: Elemental spirit. Reversing curses, having a third eye or have diserment, compassion, counter-acting depression.
Preference for violet/purple: Colors for meditation, contemplation, mysticism, spirituality and religion power. A longing to ascend and dissolve polarities (purple consists of the active red and passive blue), to improve the world. Reservation, mystery and dignity. Soft, sensitive people with often paranormal abilities.
Aversion to violet / purple:A person who has an aversion for violet / purple may have very serious attitude towards life; and may find it difficult to give dreams, fantasies, vague fears or memories a place in it. May have tendency to rejection everything he regards as unnatural or unrealistic.
White-Frankincense Sacra לבן
Direct Meaning Righteous or Pure
Healing properties: White is the perfect color; for it is all colors, in perfect balance and harmony. It is the color of the awakened Spirit; the light of perfection; the light of the Cosmic Consciousness, the Divine Light of G-d’s Holy Torah.
Just about everyone has heard of surrounding people with the “White Light of Healing and Protection.” White light raises the vibration of one’s consciousness and the body, bringing harmony in all aspects of one’s life. Directing white into to a part of the body that needs healing is one of the fastest ways to bring about healing.
Esoteric: Purification and cleaning on all levels, contact with higher self and spiritual helpers, (inner) peace, aura-healing, truth seeking, consecration, spiritual enlightenment, protection against negativity by raising your vibration, breaking curses, meditation, inspiration, clairvoyance. White can be a replacement for any other color you require.
Preference for white: White points at innocence, purity, virginity, cleanliness, freshness, simplicity, nothingness, oneness and completion, truth. In certain cultures white is the color of death and mourning.
Aversion to white: A person who has an aversion to white color isforemost or solely interested in ‘realistic’ and tangible things, not in illusions or things that are beyond seeing or understanding. Knows and accepts the own imperfection and does not wish to achieve perfection.
Direct Meaning Actions or Mitzvot
Healing properties: Strengthens contact with your life purpose. Stimulates adrenalineand heart activity.
Esoteric: High Energy. Magnetism, to attract or speed up things, extra power, when immediate action and great spiritual power are needed, life purpose, life path.
Preference for magenta: Much energy and activity focused on achieving power and self-realization. Strong but controlled passions and emotions. Daring, ready to fight, willing to give everything for a goal. Can drive things too far and have fixed ideas.
Aversion to magenta: A person who has an aversion to magenta may feel overwhelmed by people with strong convictions or heavy emotions like jealousy; also may have difficulties with exposing deep emotions.
Pink-Rose Otto/Cistus Rose of Sharon/Lily וָרוֹד
Direct Meaning Restore
Healing properties: Heals grief and sadness. Restores youthfulness. Brings you in contact with your feelings.
Esoteric: Softness and tenderness, romance, caring, nurturing, for children, youth, peace, friendship, femininity, emotional love, emotional healing.
Preference for pink: Regarded as a feminine color. Pink symbolizes softness, sweetness, innocence, youthfulness and tenderness. Soft and kind people.
Aversion to pink: A person who has an aversion to pink may have a challenge with expressingsoft, tender, female side.
Tekhelet or Turquoise-Blue- Blue Chamomile/Blue Spruce/ Frankincense Caterri/ Frankincense Seratta תכלת
Newly added: Frankincense Caterri Aquamarine Blue
Direct Meaning Protection
Healing properties: Increases intuition and sensitivity. Works disinfecting and antiseptic. Tones the general system. Builds the skin. Relaxes sensations of stress.
Esoteric: Alterations, intellectual and intuitive insights, technique, inventions, originality, renewal, brotherhood, humanism.
Preference for turquoise: Just like the wide turquoise sea you don’t want to feel restricted and you don’t immediately bring to the surface what goes on in you; emotions can remain hidden. A color for non-triviality, renewal, innovation and inventions, progressive technics, alternative ways of living together, humanity.
Aversion to turquoise:A person who has an aversion to turquoise may be looking for solidity and security in society, especially in marriage. Also, may be reluctant to think originally or to walk new paths.
Brown-Spikenard/Cinnamon Bark and Leaf/ Frankincense Fereana חום
Direct Meaning Increase or turn up heat
Esoteric:. Stability, grounding, conservation, protection of household, family and pets, healing animals, finding lost objects, material constructions (buildings etc.), material increase, to make relationships solid, to increase decisiveness and concentration, attracting help in financial crisis.
Preference for brown: An earthly color for practical people with a preference for natural, tribal and primitive things, solidity and simplicity. Brown can be warm and cosy but also depressing. Family-life persons, stable people, loyal friends.
Aversion to brown: A person who has an aversion to brown may feel an aversion against normal, boring, trivial life; may not feel connected with his roots (home-land, family, etc); may experience instability in health and attitude.
Grey to Tan- Onyca/Clove/Cassia אפור
Direct Meaning Indifferent
Esoteric: Neutralizing negative influences, erasing or cancelling situations, causing stalemates
Preference for grey: Very neutral and indifferent, non-expressive. It can be deliberate, but also lifeless, fixed, depressed and apathic. Reserved, cool people; unwilling to expose themselves or to have obligations. Grey can be refined and tactful.
Aversion to grey:A person who has an aversion to grey may prefers to be straight to the point, no time for political and tactical attitudes. Demands clarity, a knowing where one stands.
Black-Pepper Black/Corriander/Galbanum שָׁחוֹר
Direct Meaning Authority
Esoteric: Repel/banish evil and negativity, protection, banishing, binding, breaking free from bad habits/addictions, deep meditation, opens up deep unconscious levels.
Preference for black: Symbolizes seriousness, and power of trust. Also symbolizes stubborness, strength and endurance.
Aversion to black: A person who has an aversion to black may have fear for the unknown, or fear for the abuse of power. Desires to become free from all kinds of dependency, blockages, hindrances; to throw off shackles.
COMBINATION OF ALL COLOR TOGETHER before it was separated out of Caos by God in Genesis. Out of Black darkness there came light. Black is also a revelation of truth.
Gold-Frankincense/ Myrrh/Spikenard זהב
Direct Meaning Wealth
Esoteric: Absolute authority, (self)confidence, creativity, perfection, male energy, financial riches, investments, luxury, winning, worldly power, creating many friends, overcoming bad habits/addictions.
Direct meaning Rebirth Compassion
Esoteric: Female energy, cycles, rebirth, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, remove or neutralize negativity, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities and psychic workings.
Copper/Bronze-Saffron/Cedarwood/ Sandalwood נְחוֹשֶׁת
Direct Meaning Passion Chesed Kindness
Esoteric: Love and passion, for positive relationships in love, friendship and business, career promotions, negotiations.
Israeli Scientist measures our Aura colors according to mitzvah See video English translated video here:
The Original Hebrew version