Reflexology and Color Therapy

April 12th, 2006

Reflexology and Color Therapy have their roots in the distant past. As individual therapies, they have tremendous therapeutic value. When used in conjunction with each other, they have shown their ability to both complement each other and accentuate the Healing Process.


Color wheel depicting color, with its complementary color

The origin of Reflexology, or zone therapy as it was called, still remains a mystery. One theory, mentioned by Dr. Fitzgerald, in his book Zone Therapy, is that it originated from China some 5,000 years ago as a form of Pressure Point treatment. Dr. Fitzgerald was an ear, nose and throat specialist, and must be credited for his part in reviving Reflexology.

Another conjecture is that it began in Egypt. Evidence for this stems from an Egyptian tomb drawing dating back to 230BC. This drawing depicts four people. One person is being treated with foot massage and a second person with hand massage. Others credit its birth to the Incas. These were people of very ancient Peruvian civilisation, possibly reaching back to 1200BC. It is speculated that they passed their knowledge of zone therapy down to the North American Indians who, up to this present time, are still using this form of treatment.

It was believed that the method formulated by Dr. Fitzgerald was based on acupuncture. Of the twelve meridians used in acupuncture, six terminate or originate on the feet and six terminate or originate on the hands. If one follows the path of these meridians, from their point of origin or termination over the feet and hands, they form the ten longitudinal zones formulated by Fitzgerald.

It was Eunice Ingham, a Student of Fitzgerald’s, who instigated what we today know as Reflexology. Through her dedicated research, she was able to correlate the anatomical structure of the body to the energy zones found on the feet and on the hands. This made both the feet and the hands a mirror image of the entire body; the microcosm of the macrocosm.

The principal teaching behind Reflexology states that the body is divided into ten vertical energy zones, inside which are encompassed the organs, muscles and skeletal structure of the physical body, all of which are reflected on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. The occurrence of energy blocks in a human person, and the reasons for these are many, are likewise reflected on the hands and the feet in one or more of the zones located there. Through the use of specific pressure techniques, these energy blocks can be detected through the presence of pain or crystalline formation under the skin.

color as a therapy also reaches far back into history, but unlike Reflexology, it is still in its infancy of rediscovery. It is speculated that Color Therapy was used by the Atlanteans. It is believed that they built temples with ceilings that were domed and constructed from interlocking Crystals that dissipated light into the color spectrum. Around the circumference of these temples were healing rooms, each reflecting one of the colors dissipated from these Crystals.

Archaeologists have discovered that the Egyptians, like the Atlanteans, also incorporated color healing rooms into their temples and used these not for physical illness alone, but for childbirth, counselling and to aid the transition of the soul at death.

India used and still uses color in gem therapy. Indian gem therapists believe that gem stones are the storehouse of cosmic color and that everything manifest is composed of the seven rays which are primeval, formative forces of nature. There, therapeutic techniques incorporate several methods of releasing this color force.

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, with the discovery of new drugs and advances in surgical procedure, Color Therapy started to be replaced by allopathic medicine. What is interesting is that some of the early pioneers of allopathic medicine, continued to use color in their treatments. One such pioneer was Paracelsus (1493-1541). Paracelsus developed considerable interest in alchemy, astrology and occult sciences. His love of alchemy and his application of this in his treatments earned him the title ‘father of pharmacology’. Another pioneer was Hippocrates (460-370BC), also well versed in alchemy and known as ‘father of medicine’. He was famous for his ‘Hippocratic Oath’.

With the growing awareness of the detrimental effects of allopathic drugs, the percentage of people returning to complementary therapies has started to increase. Unlike allopathic treatment, complementary therapies aim to deal with the cause and not the manifested symptom. This is frequently an alien concept which some people find difficult to work with. But, unless the cause is found and eradicated, it will continue to manifest as a physical symptom. One way of helping the person to locate the cause is through counselling and color.

We, as human beings, are beings of light, surrounded and interpenetrated by the colors which constitute visible light. This establishes the electromagnetic field or aura surrounding us. The aura contains six sheaths or layers, all of which interpenetrate with each other and the physical body. It is filled with constantly changing colors, determined by our state of health, physically, emotionally and mentally. How true the sayings: ‘green with envy’, ‘red with rage’.

The layer closest to the physical body is known as the etheric sheath and is the blueprint for the physical body. It contains the very fine energy channels or nadis through which pranic energy flows. This network of infinitely intricate nadis establish the counterpart of the entire Nervous system.

As well as containing the nadis, the etheric sheath contains seven major and twenty one minor chakras or energy centres. It also contains numerous acupuncture points. A major chakra is defined by the crossing of 21 nadis; a minor chakra by 14 nadis and an acupuncture point by seven nadis. These force centres can be found in each of the layers constituting the aura, but their primary importance is at the etheric level. They are both the transformers and the transmitters of energy for each of the layers and work with the physical endocrine system. Disease starts in the aura as accumulated energy. If this is not dispersed, it will eventually manifest as a physical disease.

A chakra which is not acknowledged as one of the major centres, but is of prime importance, is the splenic chakra. It is this chakra which absorbs prana, chi or life force and disintegrates it into its seven varieties. Each of these seven varieties of prana vibrates to the frequency of one of the colors on the color spectrum and establishes the dominant color of the chakra to which it is distributed. From these chakras, the colors radiate into the rest of the auric field. Because the feet and the hands present a mirror image of the physical body, they reflect the auric field around themselves. The chakras can also be located along the spinal reflex on both feet and hands. I have found these to be important points for treatment, especially for hormonal imbalances.

Position of the Chakras on the spinal reflex of the feet… and the hands

Although the chakras work mainly with the endocrine glands, they also have an effect on organs, muscles and bones which lie in their pathway. Each color contains within itself its own spectrum of color. Therefore the parts of the body related to a specific chakra will vibrate to a frequency contained within the spectrum of color of that chakra. This I always refer to as the general color.

When working with the vibrational frequencies of color in therapy, it has been deemed important to administer the treatment color followed by its complementary color. This I have found through experience to be trite. One of my students treated her husband with Reflexology and color for Diabetes. Unfortunately, she forgot to administer the complementary color after the treatment color. This resulted in his blood sugar, after stabilizing, suddenly rising. By treating with color complementary color, we work with polarity. Polarity teaches that complementary energies have to be in balance to create harmony.

When combining color with Reflexology, color is used for three conditions. The first is to work with the cause, the second to help keep the body in balance and the third to work with the manifested disease. Sometimes all three conditions are treated with color during a therapy session. At other times only one or maybe two of the conditions are worked with.

When treating a person with the combination of these two therapies, a complete Reflexology treatment is initially carried out. A Reflexology treatment is diagnostic, thereby enabling a practitioner to locate where problems or potential problems lie. Having completed this, the general colors with their complementary colors are applied to the areas where an abnormality has been diagnosed but which has produced no noticeable symptoms in the physical body. The reason for this can be twofold. It could be related to an accumulation of energy in the etheric layer of the aura, or it could indicate that a particular part of the body is under strain through trying to keep the whole in balance.

If, through disease, the vibrational frequencies of the etheric body changes, the change will affect the cellular structure of the physical body. This then affects the force field of the related organ or organs. If the force field of one or more organs is altered, then the body will try to bring itself back into homeostasis. This process can put strain on healthy organs within the physical structure which shows itself as pain on the related reflexes on the feet or hands. Administering the general color, with its complementary color, to the related reflex, will help to re-balance its altered function.

The treatment colors, with their complementary colors are then applied to the zones on the feet which relate to the part of the body which has manifested problems. When selecting colors for specific diseases, several factors have to be taken into consideration. These are, the nature of the disease, the part of the body affected and the overall condition of the patient.

Having treated the reflexes related to the physical symptoms, the chakras situated along the spinal reflex on the feet or hands, are balanced with their dominant color before the overall color, relating to the cause is administered through both feet.

Color can be applied to the zones of the feet in two ways. Firstly, if the practitioner is sensitive to color, they can visualise it being channelled through their hands. I personally believe that the physical body can be the most beautiful instrument for the projection of color, but some reflexologists find sensitizing and using the physical body as a channel too demanding. For these people the Reflexology crystal torch has been devised.

This instrument shines light through stained glass discs and projects the color of the stained glass into a Quartz crystal. The crystal is then applied to the relevant zones of the feet. The length of time that a color is projected would depend upon the nature of the illness and the stature of the person being treated. The time factor would be less on a frail, elderly lady than on a robust young male. Apart from being a very powerful instrument, I have discovered that patients love to look at the color. Depending upon their degree of sensitivity, some patients are able to feel the color pulsating through their body.

Combining illuminatory color with Reflexology is still in its infancy, and I know that what we are experiencing is just the tip of the iceberg. I also know that during the years that I have been treating with and teaching these two therapies, some wonderful results have been achieved. If we are beings of light, and of this I have no doubt, surely treating with the vibrational energies of light must be therapeutic. I personally believe that vibrational medicine will be the medicine of the future and this will consist of both color and sound.

Further reading: The Reflexology Manual by Pauline Wills published by Headline

The Reflexology and Color Therapy Workbook by Pauline Wills published by Element

Auric Color Correspondences

April 12th, 2006

(Remember that these are subtle colors impressions not a light show)

The energy field surrounding the physical body can be seen by some as radiating and filled with light. I checked every book pamphlet and article and old lecture note I could find for what colors mean in the aura and just am going to put in almost everything any one said, obviously there are apparent conflicts.

Red Vitality, life force, assertion, forcible active urges, stalwart brave, vengeful, virile, passion, drive, Endurance. Force of will, passion, Vitality, desire, physical activity, excitability, anger, intensity of experience.

Maroon Stamina, strength, purpose and restraint, fighting spirit, warmth, cooperative effort, recuperation, moodiness, selfishness

Crimson optimism go getter, challenging competitive nature, eager for success, ready to champion cause, reckless

Scarlet impassioned, likable, spiteful, short tempered, volatile, vivacious

Pink sensitivity, unconditional love, gentleness, willingness to help, serves others, easily hurt, not spiteful or jealous

Orange creativity ,high aspiration , proud self sufficient, direct, high minded, restrained, ambitious, not warm or sensual, wants success, rides over others, self justified, confident, narrow outlook.

Gold Goddess energy transformation, openness. Golden may mean spiritual knowledge or mental strength.

Yellow analytical, discipline Sun, dispel evil, scientific mind, overcomes ignorance, artistry, wisdom, creativity, confidence

Green growth, change, healing, abundance, adaptable sympathetic, takes life easy, teaching, Endurance, perseverance, persistence, high Self Esteem.

Dark Green adaptability

Turquoise Love, healing heart, generosity

Blue peace, tranquility, honesty, love, affection, communication, fulfilling the highest ideals of unity.

Indigo spirituality,integrity, psychic skills, ancient memories,

Violet vision, imagination, intuitiveness, healing, unifying, enchantment, charm and deep spiritual understanding. High spiritual energy that can transmute lower energies.

White God, oneness, spirituality, highly evolved spiritually; motivated; incorporates qualities of all other colors.

Brown earthiness, grounded

Healers often have green, blue, or Violet in the aura, happily Pregnant women run to pastels, lovers often have a glow of Rose throughout the aura, intellectual activities can show up as yellow tones clear pure colors are indicative of stronger harmony than muddy colors

Color Therapy Part II

April 12th, 2006

by Helen Graham

TWENTIETH-CENTURY SCIENCE

Investigations into the therapeutic use of color were carried out in Europe during the early twentieth century, notably by Rudolph Steiner, who related color to form, shape, and sound. He suggested that the vibrational quality of certain colors is amplified by some forms, and that certain combinations of color and shape have either destructive or regenerative effects on living organisms. In the schools inspired by Steiner’s work, classrooms are painted and textured to correspond to the “mood” of children at various stages of their development.

Rudolph Steiner’s work was continued by Theo Gimbel, who established the Hygeia Studios and College of Color Therapy in Britain. Among the principles explored by Gimbel are the claims of Max Luscher, a former professor of psychology at Basle University, who claimed that color preferences demonstrate states of mind and/or glandular imbalance, and can be used as the basis for physical and psychological diagnosis. Luscher’s theory, which forms the basis of the Luscher Color Test, rests on the idea that the significance of color for man originates in his early history, when his behavior was governed by night and day. Luscher believed that the colors associated with these two environments — yellow and dark blue — are connected with differences in metabolic rate and glandular secretions appropriate to the energy required for nighttime sleep and daytime hunting. He also believed that autonomic (involuntary) responses are associated with other colors.

Support for Luscher’s theories was provided in the 1940s by the Russian scientist S. V. Krakov, who established that the color red stimulates the sympathetic part of the autonomic Nervous system, while blue stimulates the parasympathetic part. His findings were confirmed in 1958 by Robert Gerard.

Gerard found that red produced feelings of arousal, and was disturbing to Anxious or tense subjects, while blue generated feelings of tranquility and well-being A.D.H.D.a calming effect. The discovery that blood pressure increases under red light and decreases under blue light led Gerard to suggest that psychophysiological activation increases with wavelength from blue to red.

Although cautious about his findings and insisting on the need for further research, Gerard highlighted the possible therapeutic benefits of the color blue, and recommended it as supplementary therapy in the treatment of various conditions. Among other suggestions, Gerard pointed to the possible uses of blue as a tranquilizer and relaxant in Anxious individuals, and as a way of reducing blood pressure in the treatment of Hypertension.

Dr. Harry Wohlfarth also showed that certain colors have measurable and predictable effects on the autonomic Nervous system of people. In numerous studies, he found that blood pressure, pulse, and respiration rates increase most under yellow light, moderately under Orange, and minimally under red, while decreasing most under black, moderately under blue, and minimally under green.

Subsequent research on plants and animals conducted by the photobiologist Dr. John Ott demonstrated the effects of color on growth and development. Plants grown under red glass were found to shoot up four times quicker than those grown in ordinary sunlight, and to grow much more slowly under green glass. However, although red light initially overstimulated plants, their growth was subsequently stunted, whereas blue light produced slower growth initially but taller, thicker plants later.

Rodents kept under blue plastic grew normally, but when kept under red or pink plastic their appetite and growth rate increased. If kept under blue light, animals grew denser coats.

During the 1950s, studies suggested that neonatal jaundice, a potentially fatal condition found in two-thirds of premature babies, could be successfully treated by exposure to sunlight. This was confirmed in the 1960s, and white light replaced the high-risk blood transfusions in the treatment of this condition. Blue light was later found to be more effective and less hazardous than full-spectrum light (the most common form of treatment for neonatal jaundice).

Bright white full-spectrum light is also now being used in the treatment of cancers, SAD (seasonal affective disorder — so called “winter Depression”), anorexia, bulimia nervosa, Insomnia, jet lag, shift-working, alcohol and drug dependency, and to reduce overall levels of medication.

The blue light found to be successful in the treatment of neonatal jaundice has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. In studies by S. F. McDonald, most of those exposed to blue light for variable periods up to fifteen minutes experienced a significant degree of Pain Relief. It was concluded that the pain reduction was directly related both to the blue light and the length of exposure to it. Blue light is also used in healing injured tissue and preventing Scar Tissue, in the treatment of cancers and nonmalignant tumors, as well as skin and lung conditions.

In 1990, scientists reported to the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on the successful use of blue light in the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems, including addictions, eating disorders, Impotence, and Depression.

RECENT APPLICATIONS OF COLOR

At the other end of the color spectrum, red light has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Migraine Headaches and cancer. As a result, color is becoming widely accepted as a therapeutic tool with various medical applications. A new technique, which has been developed over the past two decades as a result of pioneering research, is photodynamic therapy, or PDT. This is based on the discovery that certain intravenously injected photosensitive chemicals not only accumulate in cancer cells but selectively identify these cells under ultraviolet light. These photosensitive chemicals then exclusively destroy the cancer cells when activated by red light, whose longer wavelength allows it to penetrate tissue more deeply than other colors. PDT can be used for both diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Thomas Dougherty, who developed PDT, reports that in a worldwide experiment more than 3000 people, with a wide variety of malignant tumors, have been successfully treated with this technique.

OTHER THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS

Color is also used therapeutically in a variety of non medical settings. In some cases its effects have been quite accidental, as in a report to me by the governor of a newly built prison in which each of its four wings had been painted a different color. Both he and his staff found that the behavior of the prisoners varied significantly depending on which wing they lived in, although their allocation to each had been random. Those in red and yellow wings were more inclined to violence than those in the blue and green wings.

Experimental research lends support to these observations. Viewing red light has been found to increase subjects’ strength by 13.5 percent and to elicit 5.8 percent more electrical activity in the arm muscles. For this reason it is now used to improve the performance of athletes. Whereas red light appears to help athletes who need short, quick bursts of energy, blue light assists in performances requiring a more steady energy output.

By comparison, pink has been found to have a tranquilizing and calming effect within minutes of exposure. It suppresses hostile, aggressive, and Anxious behavior — interesting given its traditional association with women in Western culture. Pink holding cells are now widely used to reduce violent and Aggressive Behavior among prisoners, and some sources have reported a reduction of muscle strength in inmates within 2.7 seconds. It appears that when in pink surroundings people cannot be aggressive even if they want to, because the color saps their energy.

By contrast, yellow should be avoided in such contexts because it is highly stimulating. Gimbel has suggested a possible relationship between violent street crime and sodium yellow street lighting.

Research has also shown that color-tinted eyeglasses can be highly effective in the treatment of learning difficulties, notably dyslexia. This was first discovered by psychologist Helen Irlen, but was regarded skeptically until recent investigations by the British Medical Research Council confirmed Irlen’s claims. In June 1993, a new optician’s device called the Intuitive Colorimeter was made available to British opticians so they could measure which tint — bright pink, yellow, green or blue — best helps people who normally see text as swirling, wobbling, or with letters appearing in the wrong order.

PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF COLOR

Until recently, the function of light was thought to relate largely to sight. However, it is now well established that color need not actually be seen for it to have definite psychological and physiological effects. It can also be distinguished by blind, colorblind, and blindfolded subjects. This phenomenon, referred to as eyeless sight, dermo-optic vision, or bio-introscopy, has been researched since the 1920s, when it was established that hypnotized blindfolded subjects could recognize colors and shapes with their foreheads, and that non hypnotized blindfolded subjects could precisely describe colors and shapes presented under glass.

Research in Russia during the 1960s was stimulated by studies of Roza Kulesheva, who, when blindfolded, could distinguish color and shape with her fingertips, and could also read this way. Other experiments found that Kulesheva was not exceptional; one in six experimental subjects could recognize color with their fingertips after only 20-30 minutes training, and blind people developed this sensitivity even more quickly.

Some subjects who could distinguish color correctly by holding their fingers 20-80 centimeters above color cards described experiencing sensations varying from needle pricks to faint breezes, depending on the color. Even when heat differences, structural differences in dyestuffs, and other variables were controlled, people were still able to distinguish colors accurately, whether they were put under glass, tracing paper, aluminium foil, brass or copper plates. The phenomenon remains something of a puzzle.

Understanding of these effects has come about only as a result of research into the hormones melatonin and serotonin, both of which are produced by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin is known to be the crucial chemical pathway by which animals respond to light and synchronize their bodily functioning with diurnal, lunar, and seasonal variations. Serotonin is a very important neurotransmitter in the brain, whose action has been linked with mental disturbances such as schizophrenia and hallucinogenic states.

Serotonin, a stimulant, is produced by day, whereas the output of melatonin — which is linked with sleep — increases when it is dark and has a generally depressive effect. This is reversed when it is light and production of melatonin drops. Its main site of action appears to be the hypothalamus, the part of the brain involved in mediating the effects of various hormones and regulating emotions. However, changes in the output of melatonin in response to light influence every cell of the body, notably the reproductive processes, which are very sensitive to such variations. Very high levels of melatonin have been found in women with Ovulation problems and anorexia nervosa (a characteristic feature of which is amenorrhoea, or absence of periods), in men with low sperm count, and people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which usually occurs during winter.

Depression in general appears to be closely linked with melatonin levels, and sufferers tend to show rapid improvement in response to natural sunlight or light therapy using full-spectrum lamps. Research has also confirmed that certain parts of the brain are not only light sensitive but actually respond differently to different wavelengths; it is now believed that different wavelengths (color) of radiation interact differently with the endocrine system to stimulate or reduce hormone production.

It might be thought that modern-day Healing With Color is based on the discoveries of Western science over the past few decades. However, it is based on an altogether more ancient and esoteric science whose principles and practices have yet to be acknowledged, much less verified by Western scientists. Healing With Color is rooted in ancient mysticism, the major principles of which are common to many different cultures throughout the world.

About the Author

Helen Graham is a lecturer in psychology at Keele University in England and she has specialized in color research for a number of years. She also presents workshops on the use of color healing. This article was excerpted with permission from her book Discover Color Therapy, published by Ulysses Press. Ulysses Press/Seastone Books are available at bookstores throughout the US, Canada, and the UK, or can be ordered directly from Ulysses Press by calling 800-377-2542, faxing 510-601-8307, or writing to Ulysses Press, PO Box 3440, Berleley, CA 94703, email ulysses@hiddenguides.com Their website is www.hiddenguides.com

Color Healing FAQ

April 12th, 2006

Is Color Therapy A New Treatment Modality?

No, definitely not! Read about the history of Color Therapy here.

Can Color Therapy Be Used With Other Healing Techniques?

Yes, color and Crystal Therapy combine very very well - as does Color Therapy with Reflexology. You can learn more of this by reading additional articles on this site under Reflexology, Crystals and Color at the Article Archive.

What is an Aura?

By definition the aura is the energy field or “ Life Force” that surrounds, encompasses and permeates all living things. The human aura is similar to a force field protecting and vitalizing every cell and organ of the body.

This glowing energy has been called an “electric blueprint”. The Shape of the Aura or the Color/s in the Aura are they Important?

The aura’s spiraling color vibration field can be seen, felt, and interpreted in an aura reading. Should the color or colors in the aura need healing, an aura healing can take place, bringing the aura into balance.

A well-balanced aura should be balanced all the way around, with the color or colors and their stability (i.e., whether there are any breaks, gaps, or holes as well as the intensity of the color) being carefully noted.

An example; when a murky color is present the aura is out of balance, this is when an aura healing would be helpful.

Can we See the Aura?

There are very few who are gifted to see the aura, however modern day technology allows us to photograph the aura in all its glorious color. An aura camera provides a visual image of how you are functioning mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. This allows an aura specialist to give an aura reading and then if needed perform an aura healing.

What are Chakras?

The human body comprises many energy systems and etheric structures, the most important of which are the chakras.

There are seven major chakras that run along the main vertical line of the body.

Chakras regulate the flow of consciousness into and from the body.

Chakras relate to all levels of human life - emotional, physical, mental and spiritual

Why Color Healing?

The history of color healing goes back over 5,000 years, from the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Native American’s, and Tibetans to present day practitioners and healers.

The ancient Egyptians wore amulets of colored stones. They wore red to treat diseases and building strength, yellow to create happiness, and green to increase Fertility.

Today we use blue light on newborn babies with jaundice in our hospitals.

We know that some prisons use pink rooms to calm the more violent criminal. Also, many police stations use blue rooms for their interrogations, as the suspect is more apt to tell the truth in a blue room.

Why Color Healing? It is a safe nontoxic alternative for healing. It Beats Drugs!!

Color Therapy What Is It?

Color Therapy is simple. It consists of applied color or colors and their vibrations to heal.

Treatment modalities include;

  • Shining color lights on a person.
  • Being in a room painted (or lighted) in a particular color.
  • Wearing certain colored clothes.
  • Imagining colors shining upon you, while Meditating or praying.
  • Eating fruits and vegetables of certain colors.
  • Wearing Color Therapy glasses.

The eyes convert light (color) into a kind of energy, which travels through our Nervous system, and affects all body functions. Studies have shown that when color is introduced to the human system it causes cellular and hormonal changes. This can bring the cells into synchronization or balance.

Color Therapy eye wear is one method of using color. As the color enters the eye it is directed to the hypothalamus gland. It then goes to the pineal gland, which directs it to the pituitary gland. The pituitary governs and regulates hormone production. The brain processes this information, which causes the cellular and hormonal changes to occur.

How Does Color Work?

Each color vibrates at a specific, individual frequency, as do the glands and organs of the body.

Each color corresponds to a specific area of the body. Color vibrates true to frequency. It never deviates.

Color is like a vitamin. If you had a vitamin C deficiency you would increase your intake of vitamin C. If you had an excess of vitamin C then you would decrease your intake of vitamin C. Color works the same way.

As an example, if you need to Lose Weight, then increase the color blue in your life. Do you get Migraine Headaches? Then increase the color red or indigo in your life. What about Depression? You can decrease the color indigo.

You can positively effect many areas of your life and health, through Color and Color Therapy.

Chakras & Chakra Healing?

The Sanskrit word “chakra” literally means “wheel” or “circle”.

It is maintained that within the human body is a huge column of moving energy. It is made up of three main channels, which whirl like brightly colored flowers from the top of the head, to the base of the spine.

Where the channels intersect, energy wheels or centers are formed. These are referred to as the chakras. The term Chakra is the most frequently used and descriptive word for the energy points or whirls of energy that exists within in the human body.

We have seven vital chakras (as well as secondary or lesser chakras) located just to the front of the spinal column. The chakras are part of the body’s auric energy, and control the inflow and outflow of the life force, also known as Chi, and Vital Force. Each chakra vibrates to a specific color, and each color has both a positive and a challenging meaning.

Aloe and Rose Facial Cream

April 12th, 2006

3 TBS. herbal oil 1 1/2 tsp. Coconut Oil 1 3/4 tsp. cocoa butter 1/4 tsp. lanolin 1/2 tsp. (.10 ounce) beeswax 2 TBS. distilled water 1 3/4 tsp. Rose water 3/4/ tsp. Glycerin 1 TBS. Aloe Vera gel 1 drop Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melt the oils, cocoa butter, beeswax and lanolin over low heat. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. The oil and water mixtures need to be the same temperature for cream to be successful.Put the distilled water, Rose water, Glycerin, Aloe Vera and Tea Tree oil into a blender.

Turn it on medium- high speed then begin to drizzle in the oil mixture. Continue until all the oil is added or until the blender begins to slow down and acts as if it will stop.

The mixture should look thick and creamy. Pour into containers and label. The Tea Tree oil is added to help prevent molds and bacteria from growing. I recommend that you make small batches and that you keep extra cream in the refrigerator.

If you keep a container in the bathroom it will stay good for two - three weeks.

Coconut Almond Lip Gloss

April 12th, 2006

1 tsp. Coconut Oil 1 tsp. Almond Oil 1/2 grated beeswax

Same mixing and heating instructions apply as for the Aloe Vera Lip Gloss.

Avocado Eye Cream

April 12th, 2006

5 drops Almond Oil 3 ripe Avocado slices

Blend Almond Oil into Avocado. Dab around eyes and leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse.

Choosing, Using, Clearing and Charging Crystals

April 12th, 2006

USING Crystals

When using Crystals the following factors are considered:

  • the shape,
  • colour and
  • energy

The energy and consciousness of Crystals are used to:

  • heal,
  • balance,
  • amplify,
  • cleanse,
  • bridge,
  • Focus,
  • diffuse
  • align
  • and mirror

You get many variations of form, composition, colour and size - and although Crystals can be grouped into types, they still each have a unique feel and energy.

Choosing a Crystal

There are several ways to choose a crystal

  1. By gut feel. Trust your intuition to guide you to a crystal that resonates with what you need.
  2. By looking up the meanings of the Crystals and choosing a crystal that provides the energy that you are looking for.
  3. By speaking to a healer or crystal therapsit, who can advise which crystal is best for you.

Cleaning your Crystals:

There are many varied opinions about how to clense your Crystals. Choose whatever suits you and what feels right. Generally Crystals are clensed periodically to booste their performance and to nurture them.

  • EARTHING - With this technique Crystals are buried in the earth for a period of 24 hours or more.
  • ENERGY - This is simply a matter of holding your Crystals in a meditative state and giving them your love. Allowing your soul’s energy to honour and flow through them.
  • SMUDGING - The smoke of Incense or a smudge stick is gentle waved over the Crystals to cleanse them
  • SALT BATHS - Crystals are soaked in a bath of course salt and luke warm water overnight or during the day. Sometimes this is accompanied by leaving the stones in the sun or moonlight.

Working with your Crystals:

  • For the most part, Crystals are passive until worked with.
  • Crystals do work in harmony with nature, the environment and the elements
  • To work with humans, Crystals must be consciously interacted with.

Herbs Can Help Speed The Healing Process

April 12th, 2006

All about healing

Healing after Surgery, injury or childbirth (including Caesarean birth) can be a slow and painful process. Depending on the extent of the injury or operation, this can take days or even months. There may be internal or external wounds and Bruising - or even (in the case of injury) broken bones and damaged organs.

Healing is a process which takes place on many levels - physically and psychologically. Connective tissue, blood vessels and nerve fibers have to restore themselves and regenerate. White blood cells have to remove infection and red blood cells have to bring oxygen rich blood and nutrients to the surrounding area. Rest is important - as is a peaceful and positive mind. Effective pain control helps to make the person comfortable, prevents Stress and permits healing rest.

How can Natural Remedies help?

Our bodies have an inbuilt ability to heal themselves which is one of the greatest miracles of nature! Provided that we receive proper care and nurturing, healing will take place by itself.

Natural Remedies can harness the body’s innate healing mechanisms, speeding up the Healing Process while also providing pain relieving, Anti-Inflammatory and soothing properties. Best of all, they can do this without the side effects and complications sometimes associated with many prescription drugs.

What is RealHeal Plus?

RealHeal Plus is a unique herbal and homeopathic complex formula containing ingredients chosen for their rapid healing, pain relieving and Anti-Inflammatory properties.

RealHeal Plus is taken internally to promote faster and more comfortable healing. It is effective in speeding up the Healing Process after Surgery, childbirth (including Caesarean birth) or injury, and will also promote Faster Healing of Bruising.

RealHeal Plus tablets may also be effectively used along with our RealHeal Plus Massage Oil - used topically to soothe and promote surface healing.

What are the ingredients of RealHeal Plus?

RealHeal Plus contains the following ingredients in our unique herbal and homeopathic complex formula:

Arnica D6: - is a highly respected ingredient in Homeopathic Medicine and has powerful Anti-Inflammatory and tissue healing properties. It is used extensively to treat shock, injury and for post-operative care and also helps to control bleeding. It is often prescribed to help with post-childbirth pain, as well as joint and Muscle Pain and Fever. Although this herb is potentially toxic in its raw state and is therefore only used externally, homeopathic manufacturing methods ensure that Arnica is safe to use internally.

Filipendula almaria: - also known as Meadowsweet, is a herb which has been used for centuries by herbalists to treat Fever and pain. Modern science reveals that this herb contains salicylates - a natural chemical similar to the pharmaceutical aspirin. Unlike, aspirin, however, Meadowsweet has pain relieving and Anti-Inflammatory properties without side effects such as stomach ulcers and the risk of Reynaud’s Disease, associated with the use of pharmaceutical aspirin.

Magnesium phosphoricum D6: - is a biochemic tissue salt found naturally occurring in the body. It is known as the ‘homeopathic aspirin’ due to its unique pain killing and curative properties and is also an effective muscle relaxant, preventing and treating spasms and Cramps and promoting Relaxation.

Symphytum officinale: - also called Comfrey, contains allantoin - a chemical which encourages bone, cartilage and muscle cells to grow. This explains why Comfrey is called ‘knitbone’ by traditional healers, helping to heal wounds and Injuries of all kinds.

Matricaria recutita C6: - is known for its soothing, Anti-Inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

lactose: - (inactive ingredient)

(RealHeal Plus contains no gluten, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives)

How has RealHeal Plus helped others?

“I used RealHeal Plus after my knee op and found that I was quickly back on my feet again in more ways than one! It helped to reduce the swelling very quickly as well as with the pain and I was really surprised at how quickly I recovered. I can recommend this remedy for anyone who has had to undergo Surgery. ” Angela Fourie

“I was involved in a car accident A.D.H.D.broken bones as well as terrible Bruising all over my body. I was recommended your products and used the RealHeal Plus tablets and the RealHeal Plus massage oil every day. Everyone was surprised at my recovery, especially the swelling and Bruising which cleared so quickly I could hardly believe it! Even though the accident was very traumatic for me, I also felt that the remedies helped to calm me and soothe my nerves which were in a very bad way after my terrible experience! Thanks for your help in my time of need!” R.B.

“I used RealHeal Plus after my hip replacement and I can only say thank you for helping me with my recovery. I was very worried about a long and painful recovery time and even my doctor remarked on how quickly the swelling went down and how fast the wounds healed.” Mary F.

How do I use RealHeal Plus?

RealHeal Plus comes in small lactose tablets that are dissolved or chewed in the mouth.

While you may begin using RealHeal Plus directly after accidental injury, it is recommended that the remedy be started the day after Surgery or childbirth. Do not use prior to Surgery.

Dosage:

Acute: Dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue in a clean mouth every 1/2 hour for up to 10 doses. (This dosage is recommended for the first day after Surgery. Thereafter the chronic dose may be taken until healing is established)

Chronic: Dissolve 2 tablets under the tongue in a clean mouth 2 - 3 times daily.

Caution: Safe for all ages. However, safety during Pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established.

Note: For even better results, use with RealHeal Massage Oil.

How long till I see results?

A much faster and easier Healing Process will be noticed compared to those who do not use the remedy. Many doctors comment on the speed of healing using this remedy.

How long does one bottle last?

One bottle of RealHeal Plus should last approximately 3 - 4 weeks.

Reflexology Myths

April 12th, 2006

There are many myths about Reflexology. They can have harmful effects because, just like rumors, they always seem to have a willing audience. Here are some of the worst ones…

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for babies. Fact: Not true.

Reflexology is safe for EVERYONE! In fact, children love to have their feet worked on because they can experience the immediate and actual pleasure of it. Light pressure is used on the feet of infants, and has even been known to relieve Colic. The techniques must be adapted to tiny feet. In general, babies enjoy and benefit from very light pressure on the bottoms of their feet.

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for Pregnant women. Fact: Not true.

If the fear is of miscarriage, Reflexology can only HELP the body seek its own equilibrium. A miscarriage is a reaction of the body, NOT a reaction to Reflexology. Under no circumstances has Reflexology ever been shown to have caused the body to do something it didn’t want to do.

Myth: Reflexology is not safe for diabetics. Fact: Not true.

Insulin shock is the result of improper treatment of Diabetes. It is NOT the result of, nor does it have any connection with Reflexology treatments. A person who is Diabetic has a serious health problem which requires constant attention. Reflexology can and should be used with diabetics as well as with any ill person to help restore homeostasis.



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