“Light is a nutrient much like food,and like food,
the wrong kind can make us ill, and the right kind can keep us well.”
Humans need light of specific intensity and color range to regulate their internal biological clock. Without it, our daily, monthly and annual rhythms become disrupted. A lack of sunlight can lead to ill health with a variety of mental, emotional, and physical symptoms.
How does “light starvation” or “Malillumination” happen?
Working and living indoors: Poorly illuminated environments with inappropriate artificial lighting could have serious health implications. For example, most artificial indoor lighting lacks ultraviolet light (UV), which at the proper intensity is essential to the production of vitamin D and the metabolism of calcium.
Unhealthy artificial light: Most indoor lighting lacks the requisite full-range color distribution and the proper intensity to sustain health and certain functions, such as vitamin D and hormone production. Light’s effect on human mind body health has, until recently, been ignored in architecture, design, and engineering. Both fluorescent and incandescent lights have lots of Red, but are lacking in Green, Blue and Violet. Furthermore, indoor lighting is generally not bright enough, amounting to only 1/20th the intensity of outdoor light in the shade on a sunny day. The amount of light that we receive from 16 hours indoors is dramatically less than the amount we receive from a single hour outdoors.
Negative lifestyle habits: Even in sunny California and Florida, the average individual receives little sunlight in a 24-hour period. The additional interferences we have, such as tinted sunglasses and contact lenses, tinted car windshields, and tinted windows, don’t allow in the health-giving properties of the entire spectrum of light.
Seasons/low light conditions: In winter in the northern hemisphere, the onset of winter depression and seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) occurs in late fall and peaks in February. (These symptoms usually wane in early spring, as the days get longer.)
The Symptoms of Light Starvation:
- Fatigue Increased illness – due to lowered immune function
- Hypersomnia – sleeping too much
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Calcium deficiency
- A disturbance of bodily rhythms such as SAD, winter depression and other phase shift disorders.
What Light Nourishes:
Light enables us to see, and it plays several vital roles as it enters our eyes and our skin. Light enters the pineal gland (the body’s light meter) via the retina. Its neurotransmitter, melatonin, influences the hypothalamus, which is responsible for controlling many of the endocrine functions that are disturbed in depressed individuals such as sleep and wakefulness, reproductive physiology, mood, and the timing of the biological clock.
Sunlight shining on the skin triggers the production of melanin, a dark pigment that protects the surface of the body. As UV rays from the sun penetrate the skin’s surface layer of melanin, the body’s supply of vitamin D is replenished. Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin”, and although vitamin D can be obtained from milk and fish, this form is not as biologically effective as the vitamin D produced by sunlight.
Vitamin D3 is a skin hormone called solitrol, which works in conjunction with the pineal hormone, melatonin, to control the body’s response to light and darkness. Solitrol works antagonistically with the melatonin to produce changes in mood and our 24 hour bodily rhythms, as well as affecting our immune system.
Vitamin D enters the blood stream and goes to the kidneys and liver where it plays a key role in the absorption of calcium from foods, as well as the utilization of the mineral phosphorus. Nutritionally oriented physician Dr. Elson Haas states that since vitamin D is intimately related to the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, it is important to the growth and development of bones and teeth in children. Dr. Haas adds that D3, because of its effect on calcium levels, is important in the maintenance of the nervous system, heart functioning, and blood clotting.
The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
Violet is at the opposite end of the spectrum from red. It is a deeply healing and cleansing color, soothes pains in body, mind and spirit. This color is known as one of the “cool” colors. The color violet has a very calming effect on us and is, therefore, very helpful for those people experiencing sleep difficulties or stress. However, it can be contra-indicated for those suffering from depressive disorders.
Violet light slows down an over-active heart; stimulates the spleen and the white blood cells (immunity). Brings sleep. Soothes mental and emotional stress. Decreases sexual activity. Decreases sensitivity to pain. Helps in detoxification. Exposure to violet light is good for mental and emotional problems, rheumatism, epilepsy, deep tissue work, and bones.
Healing with the color violet:
- Good for mental disorders, the nervous system, baldness and female complaints.
- Helps with pain, is used in deep tissue work and to heal bones, suppresses appetite.
- Can promote inner peace.
- Good for migraines, analgesic, stimulates the immune system.
- Helps with spiritual healing, inner balance, a tranquilizer, promotes sleep. Sedates and subdues.
- Rebuilds the energy body template.
- Used sparingly, violet can be good for mental and nervous disorders and emotional disturbances.
- Maintains potassium balance, reduces hunger.
- Purifies the entire system.
According to Dinshah Ghadiali’s Spectro-Chrome Therapeutic System, violet light demonstrates the following qualities:
- Splenic Stimulant
Increases the Functional Activity of the Spleen
- Cardiac Depressant
Decreases the Functional Activity of the Heart
- Lymphatic Depressant
Decreases the Functional Activity of the Lymphatic Glands for Nutrition.
- Motor Depressant
Decreases the Functional Activity of the Motor Nervous System, which energizes the Muscles into Motion.
- Leucocyte Builder
Builds the White (truly the Violet) Corpuscles in the Spleen
- Overuse can be tiring
- Do not use for depression, use green or blue instead.
Violet is balanced by the color yellow.
The Violet Flame (also called the violet fire) is a unique spiritual energy that can help you in all areas of your life. Lots of people use the mystical image of the Violet Flame which represents the light of divine freedom.
It is used in cleansing, protection, meditation, and to burn off karma from other lifetimes. It can heal emotional and physical problems, improve your relationships, help you to grow spiritually, or just make life easier.
More information on the Violet Flame can be found at:
Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Color Therapy, you may repost and share without karmic repercussions, but only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.
Absolute green is the most restful color, lacking any undertone of joy, grief, or passion. On exhausted men this restfulness has a beneficial effect, but after a time it becomes tedious. ~Wassily Kandinsky
Green is the color of the heart chakra. It has a calming effect, especially in inflamed conditions of the body. It is soothing to the nervous system. It is a great healer. It builds muscles, bones and other tissue cells. Its complement is magenta.
Green is cooling, soothing, and calming both physically and mentally. If you are exhausted, green initially has a beneficial effect, but after a time, it becomes tiring. Green acts upon the sympathetic nervous system. It relieves tension in the blood vessels and lowers the blood pressure. It acts upon the nervous system as a sedative and is helpful in sleeplessness, exhaustion, and irritability.
Green strongly affects the heart chakra, and it is balancing to the autonomic nervous system. It can be applied beneficially in cardiac conditions, high blood pressure, ulcers, exhaustion, and headaches. Green harmonizes, life-giving, calms the mind, nerves, fever, and acidity; balances the metabolism, stabilizes the weight, tones liver and spleen; and benefits the pituitary gland.
Healing with the color green:
- Green stimulates growth and is good for helping heal broken bones.
- Green is a muscle and tissue builder.
- Can dramatically assist with easing pain, promotes rapid healing of all kinds.
- Green is a disinfectant, germicide, antiseptic and bacteriocide.
- Green is used during pregnancy and labor because of its soothing and healing properties.
- Green provides an essential nourishment for the body, the spirit and the heart.
- Green is an aphrodisiac and a sex tonic.
- Helps the digestive system, relieves tension.
- It is good for shock and anxiety.
- Green dilates the capillaries and produces a sensation of warmth.
- A calm green light is an excellent remedy for headache and neuralgia.
- Green affects blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. Helps control the blood pressure (light green for high blood pressure and dark green for low blood pressure).
- Green helps with relaxation and can be effective for insomnia.
- Assists with healing past trauma and eases the impact of troubled memories.
- The olive green shade can help us work positively with our emotions, olive is cleansing and disinfectant, it can be used to heal and soothe, to regenerate and to gain awareness and understanding of situations.
- Green 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, and gall bladder.
- Has a healing effect on kidneys.
- Increases immunity.
- Builds up muscles, bones and tissues.
- Stimulates inner peace.
- Strengthens the nervous system.
- Green in any form is one of the finest tonics for tired nerves. The shade or chroma should be bright and clear, but much will depend on individual preferences.
Specific treatments and recommendations using green:
- For low blood pressure focus the green light over the heart for half an hour treatments and drink the green solarized water at hourly intervals between meals in half a glass dosages. Eat freely of green salads.
- For high blood pressure follow the same treatment but use a paler green color.
- Neuralgic headaches are often relieved by just looking at the green light.
- Sitting in green light for an hour at a time will refresh exhausted nerves and aid in optimistic thinking.
- Ulcers can be relieved by the green ray treatment given over a long period of time. As they are caused by fear, anger, criticism and antagonism, the opposite of these emotions built in through the use of compassionate green will heal them.
- Influenza requires both the green and blue light treatment, as do mucus fevers, whooping cough and croup.
- Colds in the head yield to green solarized water and green light, sometimes with the help of indigo.
- Green can be used as an aphrodisiac and sex tonic. It is very useful in stimulating sex glands and will be found equally helpful to men and women. It is the color of youth, the springtime of the year when vegetation shows its greatest growth and vigor.
- Too much green can deepen depression and social withdrawal in some who are already so inclined.
- Some people caution that green should not be used in treatment of cancer because of its association with growth.
- It is not to be used where there is anemia or lack of vitality.
Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Color Therapy, you may repost and share without karmic repercussions, but only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Bright Blessings.
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