July may be National Blueberry Month, but there’s plenty of other reasons to love this maverick hue. Color science tells us that blue does a variety of helpful behind the scenes tasks that can be conducive to better health. Just take a look.
In Ayurveda and other schools of Eastern medicine, blue represents the vishuddha or throat chakra, which is believed to be the source of power, the gateway of speech, and the cornerstone of our communication capabilities. When the flow of energy through this chakra is strong, healthy, and unabated, communication comes easily, confidence grows, and a sense of inner strength and peace is felt.
Equally, in the Western world, the color blue is believed to have a calming psychological effect which inhibits the release of stress hormones and promotes a sense of well-being. Certain blue stones, like lapis lazuli, blue goldstone, and azurite are also believed to have metaphysical properties that aid in the balance of energy and health. Lapis for example, is said to provide protection, lend clarity in meditations, and bring harmony to all types of interpersonal relationships.
With all of these purported benefits, it’s no wonder that almost every ancient civilization on earth made some form of deep blue stone, ash, food, or pigment an integral part of their lives. It’s amazing what a little extra color can do.