The meaning of colours: orange
Emanuela Brumana - 26/11/2015

The countdown to winter has started: November is the month for frost, for grey city skies, the first real cold spells. How can we contrast these falling temperatures? With a warm colour, but not just any colour: with orange!

You get orange by mixing yellow and red; red gives you a burst of energy while yellow helps to calm it down. A contagious positivity, which also has a strong mystical side to it, as orange can also stimulate concentration. To quote an example: Buddhist monks wear a particular shade of orange. This colour helps you detach yourself from worldly passions and enhances contemplation, while keeping your feet firmly fixed to the ground, because in fact Buddhist equilibrium can be found right in the middle.

From a physical point of view, to be immersed in an orange light is beneficial for deep breathing; this is why it is often used in the treatment of asthma sufferers. It also helps to dissolve tension and fight stress.

This relaxation action is due to the double power of orange: it gives energy and at the same time, it helps you to distance yourself from the fears and frustrations of everyday life.

It is a mainly positive colour, for this capacity the colour has to remove internal blocks. You must be careful however not to overdo it, especially with people who have an irritable personality or who are emotionally unstable.  

In November, there is no shortage of orange foods: from carrots to pumpkins, to citrus fruits. These foods, but also spices like paprika and saffron give us a burst of warmth and energy, but also vitamin C, which is perfect for fighting against the onset of cold weather. 

Emanuela Brumana
Graduate in Phylosophy, currently works as an editor in the publishing industry and writes texts for web. Painter and illustrator under the pseudonym ebmela.