Color Therapy/Chromatherapy – Solarized Water, The Rainbow Diet


Color therapy, also known as chromatherapy, is based on the premise that certain colors are infused with healing energies. The therapy uses the seven colors of the rainbow to promote balance and healing in the mind and body.


Color therapy is rooted in Ayurveda, an ancient form of medicine practiced in India for thousands of years. Ayurveda is based on the idea that every individual contains the five basic elements of the universe: earth, water, air, fire, and ether (space). These elements are present in specific proportions unique to an individual’s personality and constitution. When these elements are thrown out of balance through unhealthy living habits or outside forces, illness results. Ayurvedic medicine uses the energies inherent in the colors of the spectrum to restore this balance.

Color therapy was also used in ancient Egypt and China. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), each organ is associated with a color. In qigong healing sounds are also associated with a color, which in turn corresponds to a specific organ and emotion.


Each of the seven colors of the spectrum are associated with specific healing properties.


Violet promotes enlightenment, revelation, and spiritual awakening. Holistic healthcare providers use violet to soothe organs, relax muscles, and calm the nervous system.


Indigo is also sedative and calming. It is said to promote intuition. Indigo may be useful in controlling bleeding and abscesses.


Blue promotes communication and knowledge. It eliminates toxins, and is used to treat liver disorders and jaundice .


Because it is located in the middle of the color spectrum, green is associated with balance. Green is calming, and is used by Ayurvedic practitioners to promote healing of ulcers. It is said to have antiseptic, germicide, and antibacterial properties and is sometimes used by holistic color therapists to treat bacterial infections .


Yellow is a sensory stimulant associated with wisdom and clarity. Yellow is thought to have decongestant and antibacterial properties, and is useful in stimulating both the digestive system and the lymphatic system.


Orange promotes pleasure, enthusiasm, and sexual stimulation. Ayurvedic practitioners believe it has antibacterial properties and may be useful in easing digestive system discomforts (e.g., flatulence, cramps).


Red promotes energy, empowerment, and stimulation. Physically, it is thought to improve circulation and stimulate red blood cell production.


The color spectrum is composed of different frequencies and wavelengths of light energy. Ayurvedic medicine uses the energy of colors to promote harmony and healing. The colors are said to be imbued with certain healing properties (i.e., red is energizing, blue is calming) and the vibrations generated by each color balance the individual. The frequencies of light in the red spectrum (600nm – 660nm+) has a much longer wavelength, where as blue (-400nm-460nm) has shorter wavelength. Every frequency in the full spectrum of light has a different effect on plants, as well, as in us. Blue helps plants elongate and cell division the main frequency of vegetative stage. And Red is for flowering and fruiting a plant. It activates specific phytochrome responses that release hormones that cause a plant to flower. Same with human skin and body.

Holistic healthcare providers who practice color therapy often relate the seven colors of the color spectrum to specific areas of the body known as the chakras. In yoga , the chakras are specific spiritual energy centers of the body. The therapeutic action of colors is related to the chakra they represent:

  • first (root; or base of spine): red
  • second (sacral; or pelvis/groin area): orange
  • third (solar plexus) chakra: yellow
  • fourth (heart) chakra: green
  • fifth (throat) chakra: blue
  • sixth (brow) chakra: indigo
  • seventh (crown) chakra: violet

Therapeutic color can be administered in number of ways. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine wrap their patients in colored cloth chosen for its therapeutic hue. Patients suffering from depression may be wrapped in reds and oranges chosen for their uplifting and energizing properties. Patients may also be bathed in light from a color-filtered light source to enhance the healing effects of the treatment.

Another method of color therapy treatment recommended in Ayurvedic medicine is to treat water with color and then drink the water for its purported healing properties. This is achieved by placing translucent colored paper or colored plastic wrap over and around a glass of water and placing the glass in direct sunlight so the water can soak up the healing properties and vibrations of the color.

Color may also be used environmentally to achieve certain calming or healing effects. Paint, wall and window treatments, furniture, and decorative accessories may all be selected in specific color families. Clothing may be chosen in specific colors for its healing properties.

Color therapy can be used in conjunction with both hydrotherapy and aromatherapy to heighten the therapeutic effect. Spas and holistic healthcare providers may recommend color baths or soaks, which combine the benefits of a warm or hot water soak with healing essential oils and the bright hues used in color therapy.

Because color is composed of different light frequencies, certain types of music and sound therapy are sometimes used as a companion to the treatment by holistic healthcare providers. One such method, known as the 49th Vibrational Technique, uses a mathematical formula to translate the inaudible vibrations produced in the color spectrum to their audible counterparts. Red is associated with the musical note G, orange is A, yellow is A#, green is C, blue is D, indigo is D#, and violet is E. By combining both visual colors and their audible frequency counterparts, the therapeutic value of the color frequency is thought to be enhanced.


Before administering any treatment, practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine will perform a thorough examination of and interview with the patient to determine his prakriti, or constitution. In Ayurveda, an individual’s prakriti is determined at conception and remains unchanged during his lifetime. Treatment colors will be chosen based on the prakriti and the individual’s specific imbalance of doshas, or energies. There are three doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha—that correspond to a person’s temperament and body type. Most are a combination of the three (tridosha) with one predominating.

In some cases, holistic providers may take a photographic image of the patient’s aura, or individual energy field, using a special camera that reads electrical impulses from the patient’s hands. The camera produces an image of the patient with bands of color(s) around the body. The colors are then analyzed to determine the patient’s unique aura energy pattern, and to decide what type of color therapy would be complementary to that aura.


While color therapy may be an effective treatment for promoting relaxation and overall well-being, and as an adjunct, or complementary therapy in treating some disorders and illnesses, individuals with serious chronic or acute health problems should not rely solely on the therapy for treatment. Anyone with a chronic or acute health concern should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.

Side effects

There are no known side effects to common practices of color therapy.

Research & General Acceptance

Ayurvedic medicine has been a firmly entrenched practice of medicine in India for thousands of years. However, it is largely regarded as a complementary practice in the United States, although its popularity has grown in recent years as Ayurvedic spas and medical practices have grown in number. The benefits of color therapy have not been researched extensively and it is still considered a fringe therapy by the allopathic medical community.

Training & Certification

Individuals practicing as color therapists and/or practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine do not require special certification or licensing.

The Rainbow Diet

The Rainbow Diet is based on the proponents of colour therapy; it is an easy to use system that ensures a healthy diet by the colours of food on your plate. Meals rich with different coloured fruits, vegetables,  fish and whole grains mean you are getting the healthy variety of nutrients that your body needs.

The rainbow diet is simply a balance of attractive colours in the foods we eat, but they play an instinctual part as to what the body needs in the moment. The colour energy of fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals all come into play when furnishing our bodies with the proper nourishment.

The Colour Energy Of Foods

Medical research continues to find elements in fruits and vegetables that strengthen our immune systems, impede the development of degenerative diseases like cancer and heart disease, and contribute to good health in many other ways. Maintaining a healthy diet translates into eating more nutrient-dense foods. This means consuming a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. In fact, the majority of the diet should consist of plant-based food. By eating a variety of natural, full spectrum foods, you obtain the healthiest combination your body can utilize. The colour energy of foods are not mutually exclusive, some foods share different “colour values”, properties and common healing affects.

To Aid Digestion Take Acidophilus

It is the friendly bacterial flora found in yogurt or taken as a capsule and is essential to the digestive system. The normal, healthy colon contains “friendly” bacteria (85% lactobacillus and 15% coliform bacteria). When these bacteria are not in balance, then the person may experience bloating, flatulence, constipation, and mal-absorption of nutrients. Acidophilus taken as a dietary supplement may help to detoxify and to rebuild a balanced intestinal flora. It is used for the prevention of Candida as well as for treatment. Acidophilus aids the digestion and helps to replace the “friendly” intestinal flora.

Red Whole Foods

Red foods are great sources of protein, vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene.Vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene are potent antioxidants. Iron is vital to the body’s formation of red blood cells, which help carry and store oxygen throughout the body. Red foods are especially important to men’s health, as they have been linked to reductions in the risk of prostate cancer. Black beans are high in fibre and calcium whereas red beans are a good source of iron. Calcium strengthens bones and teeth. Include these red and black foods into your diet: Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, tomatoes, watermelon, guava juice, red cabbage, beetroot, radishes, red onions, chillies, red pepper, pink grapefruit, black beans, kidney beans, red meat, chicken, and fish.

Orange Whole Foods

Orange foods assist in detoxifying and releasing toxins from the body. As in theChakra System, orange foods and orange energy help with the reproductive system, muscle and joint flexibility stagnation in many forms. Beta-carotene, Vitamin C, Calcium, copper, selenium and zinc are all plentiful in orange foods. These foods help people maintain good vision fortify the immune system, promote proper bone and tooth development and help in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin and hair. Include these orange foods into your diet: Apricots, peaches, oranges, mango, sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, squash, orange/yellow peppers.

Yellow Whole Foods

Yellow foods generate power. These are foods rich in immune stimulating properties and vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B complex, E, sodium, potassium, selenium and chromium. Many grains fall into this category. When we lack yellow energy in our diets it can lead to poor memory, lack of concentration, tension, irritability, digestive problems and a lack of proper absorption of nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acids have a yellow energy. Include these yellow foods into your diet: Lemon, bananas, grapefruits, rice, rye and wheat, eggs, certain fish, fish oils and foods rich in fatty acids.

Green Whole Foods

The power of Green Whole Foods is essential for all day energy, greater focus under stress, sense of well-being, strengthened immune system, fewer food cravings and optimum synergistic balance of essential nutrients for total health. Green Whole Foods contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, active enzymes, bioflavinoids, chlorophyll and other phytonutrients necessary for optimal cellular metabolism, repair and protection!

Green Whole Foods contain the most powerful combination of nutrients in any grain, herb or food. They contain almost all of the vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll. Green foods are rich in cancer preventing antioxidants and iron. Iron affects many aspects of daily life including the ability to concentrate and learn. The darker the green, the better so the next time you make a lettuce salad; try using romaine or green leaf lettuce instead of the traditional iceberg. Include these green foods into your diet: Asparagus, watercress, spinach, broccoli, parsley, dill, romaine lettuce, zucchini, green peppers, green apples, pears, avocados, green grapes kiwi and limes.

Blue, Indigo, and Violet Whole Foods

The pigments found in blue and purple foods are high in anti-cancer properties. As in the Chakra System, these foods also coordinate the same energy centres. Blue foods tend to be helpful for the voice, organs and glands of the neck, while indigo and violet foods work in conjunction with the pineal and the pituitary glands. They also contain water-soluble vitamins that strengthen tiny blood vessels, which can help swollen feet or ankles, speed up the healing of bruises and promote healthy collagen for fewer wrinkles. Include these blue and indigo foods into your diet: Blueberries, black currants, plums, concord grapes, purple cabbage, as well as, Vitamin E, kelp, iodine and seaweed products. For Violet foods, red grapes are more violet than red and cranberry juice is violet and very healthy. Foods that include sugar and alcohol fall into the violet category because of their action on the brain.

The Rainbow Diet is the balanced diet, not only does it advises us against simple carbs and promotes whole grains it promotes variety. By eating variety, one is less likely to be deficient in essential nutrients because again you are eating all the different fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs. We apply the rainbow concept to fruits vegetables, proteins, spices, grains, herbs, etc. Here are few examples, vegetables include root, round, leafy and green vegetables that are all different colours, and they are abundant in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, bioflavonoids and hytochemicals.

Complex carbohydrates are whole-wheat grains, millet, brown rice, barley, oats, quinoa, buckwheat and others. They are all absorbed slowly by the body, thus keeping glucose and insulin low and provide long-lasting energy, but with a price. Their mechanism of absorption gives a unique ability to prevent the steep decline in blood sugar levels that gives rise to hypoglycaemia and its characteristics symptoms, such as fatigue, mood swings, and food cravings. When you are in a balanced state, you more likely to make choices that sustain balance.

In addition, this is what Rainbow Diet is all about creating long gentle rises and falls in blood sugar. This diet is rich in fibre, which makes digestion easy and regular. Finally, varieties of lean protein source pack this diet with essential amino acids, omega 3 oils, iron and vitamin B-12 that are all necessary to stay healthy. Rainbow diet promotes weight loss, without hunger, cravings, or feelings of being out of control.

Simple Guidelines

Here are some simple guidelines; high fibre, low fat, low salt, low sugar, complex carbs, five fruit and vegetables a day, and avoid processed foods. Each meal should be approximately 80% plant based and no more than 20% animal based. Your plate should look like a rainbow with lots of colours on it.

A diet high in colourful fruits and vegetables has been shown to provide many benefits for your immune system and help fight cancer, allergies and free radicals that can wreak havoc on your cells and tissues.

Solarised Water

This is a simple and cheap way of applying colour to the body. When water is exposed to sunlight in a coloured container for at least an hour it becomes irradiated and takes on some of the vibrational energy of that particular colour. This is called solarised water. Special coloured containers can be bought, but they can easily be improvised using coloured cellophane. Simply drink (solarised water should always be sipped) this water at regular intervals throughout the day.

A red vessel will give red solarised water, a blue vessel, blue solarised water, etc. The longer the water remains exposed to the sun, the stronger is its potency. Solarisation depends on temperature, geographical location and the time of the day. One simple way to determine if the water has absorbed the sun’s energy is to drop an ice cube in the glass of water to be solarised. When the ice cube has completely melted, the water is charged. Obviously, it will take more time in winter as opposed to in summer.

Storing Solarised Water

Fresh solarised water is preferred if practical. However, you can solarise the water and store it for few days at a time. Blue solarised water can be kept safely for a week or ten days in hot or cold weather. However, red, yellow, and orange solarised water should be changed every two days in warm weather and every ten days to two weeks in cold weather.

MORE TO COME with much better data



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© Trevor Mayes is a qualified colour therapist and proprietor of Colour Counselling Therapy Healing which specialises in online diagnostic colour therapy

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~ by 619 on March 18, 2010.

6 Responses to “Color Therapy/Chromatherapy – Solarized Water, The Rainbow Diet”

  1. […] Color Therapy Holistic healthcare providers who practice color therapy often relate the seven colors of the color spectrum to specific areas of the body known as the chakras. In yoga , the chakras are specific spiritual energy centers of the body. […]

  2. This is owesome! Never before I had hear of it. Thanks so much for this valioius information

  3. Thanks for this excellent information

    I never before knew about this therapy.


  4. How do I purchase the audio tapes by Charles Kotschke?

  5. May I translate some of this article into Esperanto for publishing in the “Australian Esperantist” please?
    Rainbows of Love, Light and Laughter to you and yours. Pamela

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