In nature, the indigo color is not as visibly dominant and widespread as some other colors like green, red, blue, orange and the yellow color among others. It could be because people usually mistook it for the colors deep blue or violet.
Nevertheless, like all the colors of the rainbow, it is present in nature in more things and materials that we commonly perceive. Composition-wise, the indigo color is primarily made up of the combination of one-third red color and two-thirds blue. (The equal mix of blue and red produces the color violet.)
The importance of indigo color had been acknowledged since ancient times. In fact, the indigo plant (Indigofera tinctoria) and the dye extracted from this plant had been one of India’s most profitable main exports to the Old World (Europe) in the distant past.
Since it was one rare color in those times of natural sources, it became quite expensive. Consequently, not so many people can afford the indigo-colored fabrics. It was not long after that wearing clothes made from fabrics dyed indigo became a status symbol among the rich.
In the times of Elizabeth the First, wearing of the indigo color was regulated by law and also reflected the wearer’s social status and wealth. It was also adopted by Church authorities as a biblical and Christian symbol. (The Virgin Mary is usually depicted wearing clothes in indigo or blue symbolizing heavenly grace.)
The indigo color is used in color therapy to help in the treatment of thyroid problems and in soothing and relieving stressed nerves. It helps purify the blood stream and can help reduce excessive bleeding.
It has been known to be an effective anesthetic and can induce anesthesia without losing consciousness. This has been attributed to the patient’s high level of vibration of consciousness. Likewise, it is said to help in stimulating the right brain, which is responsible for creativity and spatial abilities of a person.
The indigo color has always been recognized as the color of intuition, perception and the higher mind. During meditation, it can help deep concentration on a person in times of introspection, and is attributed to help achieve deeper levels of consciousness.
New age adherents relate the color to the ability in using the higher mind in seeing beyond what is considered normal. With this attribution to great powers of perception, the color can help the person rely more on intuition rather than the common “gut feel”.
The other attributes tied to the indigo color speak of service to humanity, integrity and sincerity. Moreover, the color reflects devotion, wisdom and a great sense of justice alongside fairness and impartiality.
Also, indigo represents structure and organization. This adherence to order makes the color useful during the restructuring of one’s business or even one’s life.