Color Therapy and Aromatherapy: Can They Be Integrated For the Purpose of Healing?

Illustration of people using colored aroma candles

Aromatherapy has gained a great deal of popularity over the past few decades. The science basically consists of use of aromatic essential oils, herbs or candles all of which can lower stress by stimulating the senses. Color therapy, on the other hand, has only been receiving attention off late. I have covered the topic in details in different sections of this website.

Now, experts are trying to study whether combining these two healing sciences can help complement each other and bring about enhanced benefits. In aromatherapy, a single essential oil derived from any part of the plant (bark, seeds, flowers etc) could have different colors thanks to the differences in climatic conditions where the parent tree or herb has been cultivated as well as the part being distilled itself. Also, as most of us already know, the different Chakras or energy centers in our bodies also have specific colors associated with them. Could it be that the use of certain essential oils can benefit those chakras? Can both, color therapy and aromatherapy, used together, help in balancing and activating these energy centers?

Let us find out….

Essential oils and their colors for Chakra balancing

Here are different essentials oils, their colors and the Chakras they could affect.

Red – Red rose, red thyme, red cabbage, black pepper, Sage, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Jasmine and camphor essential oils are red in color and can be used to balance and activate the root chakra associated with passion, sexual energy and reconnection with Mother Earth.

Orange – Cypress, Neroli, Ginger, Carrot seed, Pimento, Nutmeg, Aniseed, Calendula, Marigold etc are orange in color and can be used to remove blockages from the sacral chakra for joy and contentment.

Yellow– Lemon, Citronella, Cilantro, Grapefruit, basil, fennel, sandalwood, yellow camphor, aniseed, caraway, can be used for removing blocks from solar plexus chakra for clarity of mind.

Green– Green is associated with the Heart chakra and essential oils that are green in color include Rose, rosewood, bergamot, Melissa, Jasmine. Using these oils one can evoke feelings of love, harmony and peace.

Blue– Blue essential oils include Lavender, sage, lemongrass, and blue chamomile. Blue is associated with the Throat chakra and the use of these oils can help remove problems in communication.

Indigo – Indigo is associated with the Brow chakra which deals with intuition and sixth sense. The use of Rosemary, Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Clary sage, Spruce and Elemi is especially beneficial for the activation and balancing of this particular chakra.

Violet– The color violet is linked with the Crown chakra which is our connection to the Higher Consciousness. Neroli and Frankincense as well as St. John’s Wort, Angelica and Lavender are linked with this chakra.

How do Aromatherapy and Color therapy work together?

The answer is simple: both sciences are based on vibration healing methods and colors, as we already know, have wavelength and frequencies.When certain colors fall on the retina of our eyes, our nerve cells vibrate throwing back emotions, feelings and thoughts in the brain. The result: we feel sadness, joy, nostalgia and other emotions. Essential oils are also associated with different colors and their molecules vibrate at different frequencies. They contain the healing vibrations of the parent plant or herb. Aromatherapists therefore believe that these vibrations could be at the same frequencies as those of the 7 chakras in the body.

Thus, by integrating colors, essential oils and the individual vibrational frequencies of the chakras, we can stimulate, heal and balance our energy centers and re-tune them to bring harmony, health and well being in our lives.

How can you use Color therapy and Aromatherapy at home?

The easiest way to integrate the two healing sciences at home is to use essential oils in bath or burn specific oils using an oil burner. You can even meditate on the different Chakra colors (visualize their color, or light candles of that particular color while sitting quietly) to heal and balance the 7 chakras. Color therapists are also working with paint companies to develop a range of colors which we can use to paint or decorate our homes with. There are also many websites selling colorful gems, crystals, scarves, T-shirts and other clothing to help people use those colors for healing specific disorders or solving certain problems. But, perhaps the best way to use Color therapy and Aromatherapy in tandem is to choose colors and scents based upon one’s intuition.