For this installment of the color therapy blog, we will discuss the color yellow. Yellow is often thought of as a bright, cheery color. It is associated with sunlight and flowers like daffodils, sunflowers, daisies, and dandelions. Yellow is also a color of changing leaves in the fall. It is common with aspen, birch, hickory, beech, and cottonwood among others. It is a color that tends to catch the eye. When presented with several colors at once, many people will notice the yellow first. Yellow is a warm color and is therefore very stimulating.
So what are the effects of the color yellow, and how can you use it to your benefit?
Yellow is associated with the 3rd chakra, or the solar plexus. The solar plexus chakra is located in the abdomen just below the ribcage and above the belly button. The solar plexus itself is a cluster of nerves located behind the stomach about even with your first lumbar vertebra, which is the first section of your spine below your ribcage.
The parts of the body most affected by the color yellow are the gastrointestinal, digestive, and urinary tracts. Some organs associated with it are the bladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, spleen, and small intestine, and therefore conditions associated with those organs.
If you have a condition affecting any of these parts of your body, try bringing yellow into your life. Since so many of the affected areas deal with digestion or elimination, try adding some yellow to your kitchen or dining room, or wherever you eat your meals. It doesn't have to be a lot. Perhaps try using yellow plates or cups, or yellow napkins. You can also add a yellow centerpiece to your table with flowers or candles.
Yellow is also associated with the left hemisphere of the brain. It is great treatment for depression and can stimulate enthusiasm and optimism. The color yellow can also be great for a boost to your self-esteem, or self-worth. It can help to give you confidence. If you have trouble with depression or low self-esteem, try surrounding yourself with the color yellow. Place some yellow flowers in your home, or hang artwork that incorporates a good amount of yellow.
Yellow is also associated with intellect and can be used to stimulate learning. Students can try taking notes on yellow paper, or using yellow pencils. Try placing a yellow focal point on your desk while you study for a big test.
How to use Yellow
In addition to the suggestions above, try using yellow as a motivational tool. Because it is a great color for enthusiasm, optimism, and motivation, try using yellow to help you toward a goal. If you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, try adding a yellow accent somewhere where you will see it when you first wake up. If you are trying to motivate yourself to exercise, leave out a yellow water bottle, or yellow running shoes where you know you will see them. Do you need to motivate yourself at the office? Try hanging up a yellow picture in your workspace, or bringing in a yellow flower.
On the other hand, make sure not to use too much yellow. Like any other color when used in excess, it can become overwhelming. If you find that you have too much yellow, try balancing it out with some blue. Blue has the opposite effect, and will help to bring in some relaxation and balance.
Yellow clothing can be hard because not everyone can wear it well. Yellow is one of those colors that clashes with a lot of skin tones and can make you look washed out or sick. If you want to incorporate yellow into your wardrobe, but don't look good in it, try some small accessories like purses, or a necklace. You can also try wearing prints that incorporate yellow, especially if the yellow isn't right next to your skin. Try wearing a little bit of yellow when you want to appear confident, wise, or self-assured.
You will want to use yellow sparingly in your decor. As I stated before, it can be very overwhelming. You may not want to paint an entire room yellow, but perhaps an accent wall balanced out with a gray or blue. I would recommend sticking to yellow accent pieces in the form or artwork or furniture. Try adding some yellow throw pillows to your couch, or putting up some pleasant yellow artwork.
Crystals can be very beneficial for people with any of the physical or emotional struggles listed above. Some crystals you can try are yellow moss agate, amber, ametrine, apophyllite, aragonite, beryl, chrysoberyl, calcite, cerussite, citrine, fluorite, yellow jasper, magnesite, moonstone, yellow varieties of quartz, sulphur, sunstone, tiger's eye, topaz, yellow tourmaline, zeolite, or zincite. There is a lot of information out there about individual crystals. You can also go to a crystal store and just pick out something that speaks to you. Generally speaking, most crystals are associated with the part of the body that is associated with their color. So a yellow stone or crystal is most likely going to help with digestive distress, depression, etc.
When working with crystals, many of them can be placed directly on your body. You can also cary them with you, or wear jewelry incorporating them.
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.