Blue and violet are cold, electrical and contracting potencies, very fine and penetrating as well as soothing in inflammatory and nervous conditions. If the red arterial blood becomes over active and inflammatory, blue is the balancing and harmonizing principle. If the yellow or the red and orange principle of the nerves becomes unduly excited, the violet and also the blue and indigo would be the soothing principles.
This applies to the nerves of the cranium; stomach, bowels and kidneys when conditions of delirium, emesis, diarrhea and diuresis occur through overheating.
Drugs used for this purpose have the blue coloring and include aconite, belladonna, foxglove, ergot, cranesbill, logwood, blackberry, nitric acid and many others.
Green tea, which is the blue color combined with yellow, is astringent and gently exciting, the double quality coming from the two colors.
Blue, indigo and violet light heal on the same principles as the drugs but with a more delicate and less harmful effect. Many case histories show the power of these colors to heal specific conditions:
- A woman of 59 afflicted with sciatica for 11 years, with knee, ankle and feet swollen to twice their normal size. Blue glass was inserted in a west window and the light applied to a large purplish lump on the ankle. In 2 or 3 hours the lump disappeared together with the pain. But subsequently swelling and pain occurred in the knee which was relieved by a blue glass bath in less than an hour. Within a week she was able to walk easily and the heretofore useless toes of her foot became normal.
- A violent case of hemorrhage of the lungs was cured by sitting at a window in which blue glass was placed over half the sash, the blue light falling on the nerves of the back of the neck for about an hour a day. After about 6 weeks she was much improved and red pimples appeared on her neck indicating the treatment was bringing out the surface toxins in the blood.
- A month old child had a hard tumor on the sub-maxillary region which disappeared in forty days under an hour’s daily treatment under blue glass. Had the light been concentrated on the place through a lens and alternated with yellow and red, the cure would have taken place more quickly.
Blue and white in combination are more animating than blue or violet light alone as it contains the electrical power of the blue and the healing power of all the rays in the white light. Since the blue color has a chemical affinity for red, the blue rays of light seize upon and combine with the red portion of the white light. This will produce a greater heat than the white light alone if more white than blue is used. But if an equal amount of white and blue glass is placed side by side, the effect will be much more cooling than the transparent glass alone.
Blue and white combined give the penetrating, calming principle of blue and the warming, animating principle of white light, enabling both to be taken at the same time, one part of the body being under the blue color and the colder parts under the clear glass. In fever or nervous conditions more of the blue should be used; in chronic cold glass of pure sunlight should be used almost solely. Cases successfully treated with blue and white:
- Associated sun and blue light applied to the bare spine and hip of a vigorous young man suffering from rheumatism of the sciatic nerve brought about a healing in 3 weeks, after all the usual medical and galvanic treatments had failed.
- Blue glass placed in the upper part of a sunny window affected the cure of a woman’s long standing invalidism and nervousness. She sat in the blue and sunlight continuously, letting the blue rays fall directly on the spine for about 20 to 30 minutes at a time, morning and afternoon. This proved too strong for her to bear and she continued in her ordinary dress. The change in 2 or 3 weeks was very noticeable, the color returning to her face, her appetite becoming better and strength and vitality returning. In about 6 weeks she was able to go up and down stairs and before long to walk out door.
In cases of paralysis, costiveness, chronic rheumatism, gout, consumption (acute forms excepted), all cold, pale and dormant conditions of the system, all the electrical colors, blue, indigo, violet and even blue-green are too cooling and constricting. The brain, however, even under these conditions, may be put under the blue glass, especially the upper portion of it.
Blue is as pronounced in reducing nervous excitement as red is in producing it, and may be administered in small doses as a general sedative, creating a disposition to sleep. But as soon as sleep begins the bath should cease.
In ordinary cases the blue bath should be about 2 hours through a window containing alternate blue and plain glass. This may be longer than most persons can endure comfortably unless the head is protected.
The great power of light is shown by the transformation it is ever making in mineral, vegetable and animal forms and colors. Reichenbach by many experiments proved the great power of sunlight in his work with sensitives, persons who have peculiar sensitivities. A copper wire held by such a plate in a ray of sunlight registered immediately on the sensitive as an icy cold principle, so cold as to stiffen the hand. From this it was deduced the finer elements of sunlight are cold.
Water standing in the sunlight 5 minutes produced a pepper-like burning when the sensitive drank it; when standing 20 minutes in the sunshine it was powerfully magnetized. When Reichenbach exposed himself to the sun for 10 minutes, the sensitive noted a great increase of force in his hand.
Experiments were made with milk of sugar, placing some of it in the red and yellow rays of the solar spectrum and some in the blue and violet rays. After some time of such exposure, the taste of the former to a sensitive was tepid and nauseous, but that of the latter cool and refreshing, confirming the properties of these colors as previously shown.
A 1½ year old child who had been in convulsions for 4 hours was given up as dying when a half grain of the milk-sugar that had been exposed to the violet and blue rays was administered. In some 15 minutes the convulsions stopped and the child recovered completely.
The blue and violet principles are not only valuable in checking nervous and inflammable conditions but can also be used in cases of diarrhea. Blue glass can be placed over the bowels or blue charged water can be taken by the tablespoonful. A case which had lasted 5 weeks was stopped in two days by the patient, two or three times a day, taking a tablespoonful of water which had been charged with sunlight in a blue bottle. After the first day or two she took only an occasional sip of the water and was entirely healed.
No one color of sunlight is actually as beneficial as the pure rays containing all the colors. Sunlight contains both the thermal and electric rays combining every kind of power; to some sensitive people, however, all of the rays are too stimulating and a somewhat more refined and softer effect can be gained by passing the sunlight through glass.
It has been stated by many authorities that bodily and mental health suffers by living in dark sunless quarters. Three times as many cases of disease are said to occur in such living or working places. The total exclusion of sunbeams induces the severer forms of chlorosis, green sickness, and other impoverished conditions of the blood.
Modern man seems to shun the sun more than the ancients, who often had solaria built on the tops of their houses; and Florence Nightingale was well aware of the healing power of sunlight in the sick room.
Different kinds of glass transmit different powers of color. The cobalt blue glass, called mazarine blue, transmit not only blue but other colors in the spectrum, both hot and cold, visible and invisible. The yellow ray is absent and much of the green. Orange and red are partially transmitted. The infra red rays pass through cobalt. It is thus not advisable for persons with inflammatory conditions; but for nervousness and some dormancy of bodily functions it is beneficial.
Deep blue glass colored by cupro-diammonium-sulphate is the best of the electric colors having almost no thermal rays. For calming and cooling brain, nerves and inflammatory conditions it is unexcelled.
Glass colored with iron oxide, a deep iron green, admits violet, blue and orange freely and some yellow and red. It is good for cooling electric effects.
Very brilliant copper green admits violet, blue and a small amount of orange, some yellow and full green.
Manganese violet glass extends into the ultra violet, has few yellow rays, red is shortened, green fades into black shadow and the other rays blend into an intense blue.
Many other combinations both in glass and solutions are possible. Heat is transmitted by red or ruby glass, but the orange glass admitting a small amount of electric rays seems to produce even more heat; while clear glass especially with a little water causes the greatest amount of heat.
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