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Blue light relaxes you

As has been shown in numerous studies, by far the most relaxing type of light is blue light. Projecting blue light at people consistently relaxes them, reducing blood pressure and slowing the pulse. Intensive care wards the world over often use soft blue light, partly for this reason. The American psychotherapists Lee Hartley and Brian Breiling use blue light to calm their clients when working on releasing the trauma of stressful events. Blue light has also been found to calm down hyperactive children.

Other relaxing colours are violet, which promotes a peaceful and meditative mood, and turquoise, which soothes and refreshes. Both colours ease anxiety. When used to make colours such as lavender, these tints are excellent for decorating your living space, and will help keep you at ease.

Blue light heals

Back in the 1960s, Dr Jerold Lucey of the University of Vermont found that jaundiced children exposed to full-spectrum light, which has more blue light than artificial light, healed exceptionally quickly. His research clearly demonstrated measurable reductions in bilirubin, the body's marker for jaundice. Blue light is now widely used to treat jaundice in premature babies.

This colour of light helps other conditions too, and is a natural painkiller. Dr Sharon McDonald2 has found that blue light greatly reduces pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. In one study she had patients place their hands in a sealed box, into which she projected light through a filter. Their pain levels progressively lessened with blue light, depending on the length of exposure.