Green with envy.

Love is evergreen.

“It’s not easy being green.”

Green is everywhere. It’s the most common color in the natural world, and it’s second only to blue as the most common favorite color.

It’s the color we associate with money, the environment, and aliens, and it’s the color of revitalization and rebirth.

Let’s break down our understanding of the color green.

Physical Effects

What happens to your body in the presence of green?

Your pituitary gland is stimulated. Your muscles are more relaxed, and your blood histamine levels increase, which leads to a decrease in allergy symptoms and dilated blood vessels, aiding in smoother muscle contractions.

In short, It is calming, stress-relieving, and – a bit paradoxically – invigorating. It’s been shown to improve reading ability and creativity.


It stands for balance, nature, spring, and rebirth. It’s the symbol of prosperity, freshness, and progress.

The Green Party in the US is inextricably tied to ecological and progressive causes, and a “greenback” is another term for our paper currency.

In Japanese culture, green is associated with eternal life, and it is the sacred color of Islam, representing respect and the prophet Muhammad.

Positive Associations

We associate it with vitality, fresh growth, and wealth. We generally think of it as a balanced, healthy, and youthful.

We use it in design for spaces intended to foster creativity and productivity, and we associate green with progress – think about giving a project the “green light.

Green Light

Negative Associations

What’s fascinating is that as positive as most of our associations with green are, it carries particular potent negative connotations as well.

Someone who feels sick might look “green around the gills,” and certain yellow-gray greens have a distinctly unpleasant, institutional feel to them.

We link it with envy and with greed, and even the Mr. Yuck sticker intended to warn children away from potentially hazardous chemicals is a bright, eye-catching green.

The Meaning Of The Color Green Around The World

  • It is used worldwide to represent safety. In several religions, it is the color associated with resurrection and regeneration.
  • In Ghardaia and other parts of M’zab, houses painted in green indicate that the inhabitants have made a pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Green, blue-green, and blue are sacred colors in Iran, where they symbolize paradise.
  • As the emblematic color of Ireland, it represents the vast green hillsides, as well as Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick.
  • In Japan, it is regarded as the color of eternal life.
  • In Aztec culture, was considered to be royal because it was the color of the quetzal plumes used by the Aztec chieftains.
  • The solid green flag of Libya is currently the only national flag of a single color.
  • In China, jade stones represent virtue and beauty.
  • In Portugal, it is the color of hope because of its associations with spring.
  • In the highlands of Scotland, people used to wear green as a mark of honor.
  • There is a superstition that sewing with green thread on the eve of a fashion show brings bad luck to the design house.

Color Morsels

In the 1860s, the US government printed new currency. One side of the bulls was printed with green ink to prevent counterfeiting since cameras of the day could only take black and white photographs.

Paper currency has henceforth been called “greenbacks.” In 1929, when the government regularized the size and denomination of its currency, the green ink was chosen because it was both plentiful and durable.

The precious gemstone emerald is a member of the beryl family, and what makes a beryl an emerald is the presence of chromium – the source of the brilliant green hue.

Religious & Mythological Associations With The Color Green

  • In several religions, it is the color associated with resurrection and regeneration.
  • Is the color of love associated with both Venus, the Roman goddess and Aphrodite, the Greek goddess.
  • The prophet Mohammed wore a green cloak and turban.
  • The God of fertility in Celtic myths was associated with it.
  • Is the color associated with Sunday in the Catholic church and the altar cloth is usually green for Sunday services.
  • It is the color that represents Irish-Catholics, while orange represents Irish-Protestants.

Interesting Information About The Color Green

  • It was the favorite color of George Washington, the first President of the United States.
  • The color green signifies mystical or magical properties in the stories of King Arthur.
  • Green is one color that means “low” or “guarded” in the color-coded threat system established by presidential order in March 2002. This system quickly informs law enforcement agencies when intelligence indicates a change in the terrorist threat facing the United States.
  • It is the color used for night-vision goggles because the human eye is most sensitive to and able to discern the most shades of that color.
  • Bright green is the color of the astrological sign “Cancer.
  • Green ribbons have been used by a range of environmental groups to symbolize organ donation and transplant, awareness of Bipolar Disorder, solidarity with Chechnya, and support of farmers in America.
  • Modern absinthe dates from 1792 when Dr. Pierre Ordinaire commercialized it as a cure-all. Then, Henri-Louis Pernod founded the Pernod Fils absinthe company in 1805, seeing its aperitif potential. Absinthe’s moment came with the 1840’s Algerian wars when French soldiers drank it as a prophylactic against disease. They brought it home, and by the 1860s, Parisian cafes had established 5 pm as “l’heure verte” – “the green hour.

 Is The Color Of The Heart Chakra

Green is the color of the Heart Chakra, also known as Anahata. This chakra is located in the center of the chest area and is linked to the heart, lungs, circulatory system, cardiac plexus, and the complete chest area.

The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds. Opening the Heart Chakra allows a person to love more, empathize, and feel compassion.

Gemstones that will aid the Heart Chakra include jade and malachite.{See more about chakra colors}

Green And The Sense Of Taste

Green vegetables are abundant and most are very nutritious. Although not seen as frequently, there are also green fruits. A few of my favorites are listed below.

Green vegetables

1. There are two main types of limes — regular green limes, officially known as Persian limes, and the much smaller (and higher in acidity) Key lime.

2. Bright green and crunchy beans are available at your local market throughout the year. They are in season from summer through early fall, when they are at their best and the least expensive.

3. The fleshy spears of asparagus are both succulent and tender and have been considered a delicacy since ancient times.

4. The hearty structure, fresh appearance, and ease of preparation, combined with its exceptional nutritional value, help to make broccoli one of the favorite vegetables of health-conscious American consumers.

5. Packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange, the bright green flesh of the kiwifruit speckled with tiny black seeds adds a dramatic tropical flair to any fruit salad.

6. Green tea is rapidly gaining popularity in the western world. Its natural aroma and widely acclaimed health benefits make green tea appealing to both the tea lover and the previously non-tea drinker. Many varieties of green tea are available at SpecialTeas.

Green And The Sense Of Smell

Lime” was the original scent of the bright green colored Magic Scents Crayons from Binney & Smith Inc., introduced in 1994 with mostly food scents.

However, there were numerous reports that children were eating the food-scented crayons, so the food scents were retired and replaced with non-food scents. The scent of the color bright green became “eucalyptus.

Lime is a fragrance that is refreshing, uplifting, and purifying. It is an aroma that can be cooling on the hot days of summer.


*This article was originally published at by Kate Smith.