The meaning of green – more than just a colour.

Today is St. Patrick’s Day.  A day that usually gives young people an excuse to “celebrate” excessively, proudly display Kelly green clothing and accessories, and telling strangers to kiss them because they are “Irish”.  I’ll admit, I am not privy to the direct meaning behind St. Patrick’s Day despite my ginger mane and quartered Irish ancestry.  However, it does make me ponder the meaning behind my favourite colour – green.


Being a Naturopath it is no surprise that I enjoy green – in fact it probably borders on cliché.  Naturopaths are well know for using “green medicine” or being cloaked in naturalistic methods.  The amazing thing about green is that it’s more than a colour – it’s a way of living.  It represents physicality – in food, nature, trees, grass, paint, earth, etc; but also represents a mentality – abundance, money, newness, freshness and purity.  Someone whom is “green” is beknownst as fresh, pure, new, bright eyed, optimistic and full of life.  Green can also represent wealth, abundance, and prosperity.  Green jade is a common stone used in Eastern Cultures to represent luck and prosperity (as is a certain clover in Ireland).  The energetic properties of the colour green represent harmony, balance, vitality, and wellness (so think wealth in life and wealth in health).  As a way of living, “go green” means to forage off of the land, abstain from inorganic dyes/soaps/products, use all-natural substances and fabrics, and adopt a minimalistic approach to a materialistic lifestyle.  Green is truly a living, breathing, thing with multitudes of meanings and beings.

Since green is a spectrum, by incorporating green in one aspect of your life it can affect the amount of green in other areas of your life (think Le Chatelier‘s Principle meets quantum physics).  Hence if you want to improve your abundance, perhaps enhance your green?

Here is a list of quick ways to bring a little bit more green into your life:

  1. Eat Green.  Okay this one is a given.  And no, green beer or M&Ms do not count! Dark leafy greens are the perfect way to improve digestion and nutrition.  If you don’t like greens, use fresh herbs or your food (think of it like “green sprinkles” for foods).
  2. Have something living green in your space.  I enjoy having plants/flowers in my office because they “freshen up the place”.  You can do a small herb garden, a recycled green garden, or even plant some seeds and watch them grow!
  3. Wear green.  Simple enough. (By wearing green you absorb the energetic properties of the green wavelength which carries the energetics of the green colour).
  4. Think green.  Simplify your materials.  Detox your closet, fridge, junk draw, relationships, etc.  Incorporate natural soaps, elixirs, dyes, fabrics, etc. in your everyday.
  5. Have a green luck charm (ie good luck charm).  Either a stone, a window hanger, a scarf, a phone cover, whatever!  By putting the thought energy into an object that it is lucky, you automatically attract more “luck” or opportunity into your life (the law of attraction).
  6. Be gracious.  Be grateful for the things that you have.  The abundance of things, or gifts, you already possess.  You can use a gratitude journal or greatful jar to achieve this (yes, it can be green).
  7. Spread the green.  If you are blessed, share it.  Spend time with others, spend time with yourself.  If there is something that you want to do than do it.  Even if you may not think you have the finances for it.  If it is aligned with your true purpose (ie not a frivolous expense) the means will work out.

Embrace green! The colour, the food, the meaning, the living.

Bring balance back into your life!







About healthyhappynaturopathy

I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor working in Newmarket and Maple, Ontario I am an advocate of individualized and specialized medicine, about treating individuals as a whole, and evoking our own healing properties. To me, being happy is being healthy, and health flourishes with a positive mindset.
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