I enjoy a snowy winter and all the subtle changes in the snow and ice and the way they reflect the sunlight (when it is out, that is). Living in Michigan for most of my life, though, I’ve heard many complaints of the drabness, a lack of color with only white, gray and black to choose from.
That’s why I suggest coloring a rainbow on snow that is everywhere.
My family and I use foods to dye water, then use this mixture in a bottle to spray the snow in our yard, sometimes having a color war. Or we build things and color them with our dye.
Try filling balloons with the mixture, let them freeze, and then remove the balloon to reveal colored ice orbs. (These are nicely back lit by candles or a light at night, too.)
Try your own “color celebration.” Here’s how and why I do this:
Simmer beets or beet powder in water. This will be more pink if not enough beet. Red has been found to stimulate the sensory nervous system which energizes our sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. It also supports the root chakra which helps us feel grounded and connected to life. Many people feel disconnected from people and nature as they hole up for the winter.
Blend some beets and turmeric to get the hue you like and simmer in water. Orange is a lung builder and respiratory and thyroid stimulant. It tends to spark creativity and works with the second chakra. Winter is a great time to tap into your inner creativity but sometimes it helps to get a little push to get going this time of year too.
Simmer water with turmeric powder or fresh cut root. Yellow stimulates the motor nervous system which energizes the muscles. It also stimulates the lymphatic system too. Yellow is the color of the third chakra and works with our feeling of security especially in the abdomen area. Father Sun is a little less available in the winter months so use some yellow to make up for it.
Put chlorophyll in your water to reach whatever hue you like. No simmering needed. Green is a good cerebral equilibrator and stimulates the rebuilding of muscles and tissues. So if you get hurt skiing, spray your snow green and lay in it. Green works with the fourth chakra — the heart chakra — and helps us reveal our true nature to ourselves. The heart is the great “I AM”. So, “I AM” _________________. What? Fill in the blank, or let it be filled by asking the question of “Who Am I?”
Simmer frozen Michigan blueberries in water, you need to use a good amount of blueberries to make this water truly blue. Blue stimulates the pineal gland but also brings a state of calmness to most people. It works with the throat chakra and helps us to express ourselves on a deeper, truer and clearer level through our voice and actions. If you are missing blue skies in winter, then make a blue yard.
Simmer purple cabbage and maybe a few blueberries and/or beets to make a light or royal purple. Purple induces relaxation, can lower the body temperature (brrrrr) and suppress overactive emotions to help us step back and get a different perspective. Purple works with the crown chakra, hence the color of nobility for years. The crown chakra is where universal energy and wisdom filters into the body and also where we can release any type of build up or old residual energy that is no longer serving the body. You most definitely will run into some new thoughts if you have a purple snowman, fort or snow sculpture.
Make Life Yours. -Geoff
Author: Geoff Lamden is a naturopath, teacher, foodie and home remedy maker. Geoff helps those he works with create a deeper connection to themselves, their community, and their natural surroundings for lasting health. Geoff practices naturopathy at Continuum Healing and grows food, kombucha and community at home and in his family’s garden. He believes that when a person becomes well, a chain reaction of health is started within and around them. It is his honor to offer the gift of wholeness to those he works with.