ORANGE

The meaning of ORANGE

Orange has such an unmistakable warmth and vitaility. Even as I write I feel it softening my emotions, all owing me to feel liberated and happy. It activates parts of the left brain and shines a spotlight on our creative impulses, nourishing them and providing us with the energy we need to initiate and develop or gifts.  

Orange gives us the self confidence and enthusiasm to live our lives with joyful independence. One of the most surprising effects of orange its how it stimulates the production of a hormone called Gastrin in our gut. This stimulates our appetite. It’s a great colour to have present in restaurants and other eating establishments of course! Studies show that the colour orange  can create other physical effects such as a heightened sense of activity, increased socialisation, boost in aspiration, stimulated mental activity, increased oxygen supply to the brain, increased contentment, and enhanced assurance. Orange also helps aid decision making, and enhances happiness, confidence, and understanding. Orange is of course a secondary colour mixed from red and yellow pigments to create many shades. It’s warmth and aliveness is without question. 

Orange in Nature

We see the colour so frequently in nature but I want to address its importance in plants first. The colour is a wonderful indicator if the nutritional importance of orange fruit and vegetables.  AN orange colouration develops it becomes an active store of Vitamin C which is so essential for our immune system development and many other functions. It is held with an orange PIGMENT called Carotene. Think of carrots, orange peppers, oranges, sweet potatoes for starters …   Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. One orange offers 116.2 per cent of the daily value for vitamin C. Good intake of vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer as it helps to get of free radicals that cause damage to our DNA. 

But there are there are other aspects to the colour orange in nature. It becomes such a significant colour on our trees in Autumn. As the sunlight not only becomes less available, but its strength reduces. Leaves need light to create green chlorophyll in their leaves so as the light levels reduce the green colouration fades. This leaves behind the XANTHOPHYLLS as well as other CAROTINOIDS to create our Autumnal displays. 

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