So far, this color therapy series has covered purple, blue, green, yellow, and orange, so it should come as no surprise that this month's color is red. Like orange and yellow, red is considered a warm color. It is very stimulating and vibrant. It is associated with heat, sexuality, blood, life-force, and passion, and is the color of the 1st chakra or root chakra. So how can you benefit from the color red? Lets take a look at some of the benefits and uses of the color red, and learn how to use it in our daily lives.
Red is associated with blood and the circulatory system. It can be beneficial when used to aid in circulatory conditions such as anemia or low blood pressure. It can get the blood moving and improve circulation. It would not, however, be the best color for high blood pressure.
Red is associated with the root chakra which is located at the base of the spine. Organs associated with the root chakra include the bladder and kidneys. If you tend to have trouble with kidney function, bladder disorders, or any other urinary tract issues. Red also has an effect on the lower part of the digestive tract. It is a helpful color to have around for anyone who has trouble with gas or constipation, or any digestive disorder such as Chrone's, or colitis.
We call red, orange, and yellow the warm colors, but they actually can help to increase heat. If you tend to be cold, try wearing red socks, a red sweater, or curling up in a red blanket.
Red is the color of passion, lust, and sexuality. It can help to ignite sexual desire, and can be helpful in working with conditions such as impotence, or low sex drive. While red can be used to aid in sexuality on an emotional level, I included it with the physical effects because it can help to aid the physical act of sexuality. You can also use red to increase feelings of lust.
While I have already talked about sexuality, there are many forms of passion. The color red can help to ignite passion for art, music, business, advocation, or pretty much anything else. We all have things in our life that make us happy and excited. We have passion and drive for these things, and red can intensify and bring out that passion. If you are trying to stimulate a drive or passion to do something, try having the color red around.
Red is a great color for boosting confidence. Wearing warm, vibrant colors like red or orange can make you feel empowered and give you confidence. If you need a boost of confidence, try wearing a red dress, red lipstick, a red top, or red shoes. You may notice that wearing a bright red color causes you to carry yourself differently and with more confidence. Try using the color red to help with issues of low self-esteem or self-image, or if you just need an extra boost of confidence.
As with all of the other colors, one easy way to use red is in your wardrobe. Red is great for a whole outfit, or you can accent other colors with it. A little black dress paired with bright red pumps is a great way to make a statement. You can pair a white top with a red necklace or earrings to bring a pop of color. Have fun and experiment with your color statements.
While red is a positive color, it can be a bit overwhelming when used too much. Instead of painting your whole room red, I would recommend using red accents. Try red throw pillows, or a red vase or flowers. A red painting can make a great focal point on a wall, or if you want a bit more, try painting just one wall as an accent.
If you like to use crystals in your color therapy, there are some great choices that are pretty easy to find. Some stones you can look for may include ruby, garnet, red jasper, coral, fire agate, carnelian, or fire opal.
Meet the Author
Amanda Tarver, (LMT, CEIM, PES, RMT) is a massage therapist and birth worker in the Chicago area. She is dedicated to using a combination of bodywork and education to help people live a better quality of life.