The Platbos Colour Essences of Light


Light is life, and the Plant Kingdom – made up of a vast and diverse collection of green beings who harvest the light and make it available to all other creatures of the Earth – come themselves in all the vivid, rainbow hues of our primary light source, the sun.

“The photosynthetic ones—those green beings …..— are sun worshippers and worldly conjurers. Lapping up sunlight, inhaling carbon dioxide, drinking in water, and releasing oxygen, they literally make the world. Pulling matter out of thin air, they teach us the most nuanced lessons about mattering and what really matters: their beings and doings have enormous planetary consequences.”

~ Photosynthesis, Natasha Myers

In order to imagine a world without colour, we would have to imagine a world without plants and their crowning jewels – the flowers – and it would be a landscape of desolation for without the plants to process the light for us, we would simply not exist. We tend to take colour, light and flowers for granted, yet these are the very basis of our existence. Our ancestors worshipped the sun, understanding it to be the dynamo of all life on the planet.

The San Bushmen of Southern Africa – the early ancestors of all modern humans – created what Geomancer Dean Liprini refers to as “The Diamond of Light”, a solar light grid at the foot of Africa: “South Africa’s solar light grid is a mysterious geographic and geomorphic network, a mapping system that links the Pathways of the Sun to a series of ancient rock shrines, caves, springs and earth energy centres that are of both natural and human construction.” Platbos Forest falls grows within this Diamond of Light that Liprini believes served as both a giant ‘road map’ for navigating the land as well as marking sacred sites to honour the gods and goddesses of the heavens.

Diamond of Light

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Liprini discovered this grid after mapping out the archaeological and sacred burial sites found across the southern tip of Africa. He then plotted the astronomical formulae and sun charts of the basic pathways of the sun – the Summer and Winter Solstices, and the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes – across the land. Our early ancestors honoured the sun for its life-giving light, for they knew well that it governed the bountiful land that was their home.

In ancient times, Platbos was part of a vast forest that covered much of Africa’s southernmost coast line. Archaeological evidence points to this part of the world as the ancestral homeland of all modern humans alive today. That a small remnant of these primal forest trees – the carriers of the light – still remain in the form of Platbos Forest today – is profound and remarkable.

It is surely no co-incidence that it was on the day of the Summer Solstice, 21st December 2003, that Melissa Saayman Krige, the producer of the African Tree Essences, providentially came upon Platbos, and thus first encountered the trees of the forest.

Tree and sun colour essences

The Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere – is when the sun’s rays shine most intensely as the sun appears to stop in its pathway across the heavens. Since ancient times this was the day to honour the sun goddesses and gods. For the Celts, it is the ‘Mother Aspect” of the Goddess who is celebrated: she represents fertility, abundance and power. It is on this sacred day that the light of our consciousness shines most bright, and thus this day is a magical one, a day for manifesting our deep held dreams into reality: a day of good fortune, of healing and balance. Thus this day of the Summer Solstice marked the very beginning of the Platbos African Tree Essences.

The Platbos Colour Essences are a celebration of the Light and, as sister essences to the Tree Essences, they guide and support us along our personal journeys to wholeness.

Colour Therapy

“Matter is Energy … Energy is Light … We are all Light Beings”

~ Albert Einstein

Practiced since ancient times, Colour Therapy employs the dynamic energies of colour as a therapeutic tool. Modern science is rediscovering the healing benefits of colour that ancient civilizations such as Egypt, India and China practiced in days gone by. Colour affects us on every level of being.

Eckhart Tolle writes of how Buddha gave a teaching that entailed gazing, in silent contemplation, at a flower. A monk, Mahakasyapa, began to smile: he was the only one present who understood. This, it is said, was the origins of Zen.

““Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless. They not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit. Using the word “enlightenment” in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants”.”

~ Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

ArumPushpa Ayurveda, the ancient Indian version of modern day Flower Therapy, was written in the third century B.C. These Vedas recognize flowers as part of the primordial impulse that birthed life on Earth. Brahma, the Creator according to this mythology, is also called ‘Pushpa Sambhavan’, or ‘One born of Flowers’. Pushpa Ayurveda details a myriad of different ways of employing the power of flowers for our healing benefit; our favourite that links to colour therapy is the version known as “Darsanam”, or “Sight”. Here, gazing at a particular flower at a specific time of day or night was how the medicine was received. One of the primary ways that light affects us is through our eye sight. When light enters the eye, the different wave lengths and frequencies alter the chemistry of the blood which is then circulated to the hypothalamus and ultimately the pineal gland which is the body’s light meter. The production of certain hormones is subsequently set in motion, and these in turn affect a cascade of physiological responses.

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Interestingly, these physical responses have also been measured in blind people, leading to the conclusion that colour is perceived by the body as energy vibrations.

Indeed, Professor Orm Bergold of Germany found that human photoreceptor molecules are not limited, as once was thought, to the retina of the eye. Rather, they are ubiquitous, being found in virtually all human tissue. Thus ancient flower therapists also prescribed reclining in a bed made of scented flowers, or wearing crowns or garlands of flowers to affect healing in their patients. In Ancient Egypt, patients rested in coloured halls where their bodies absorbed the healing frequencies of coloured light.

Modern day research can now explain why it is that colour and light have such a profound effect on our physiology and emotional well-being:

“We know today that man is essentially a being of light. And the modern science of photobiology…. is presently proving this. In terms of healing…the implications are immense. We now know for example that … light can initiate, or arrest, cascade-like reactions in the cells, and that genetic cellular damage can be virtually repaired, within hours, by faint beams of light. We are still on the threshold of fully understanding the complex relationship between light and life, but we can now say, emphatically that the function of the entire metabolism is dependent on light.”

~ Dr. Fritz Albert Popp, Biophysicist. Nobel Prize winning Biophysicist

Fritz Popp’s research is ongoing in Europe as well as the United States, and his discovery that the cells of the body actually communicate with each other via small particles of light called photons gives rise to the idea that light is the language of the cells.

Increasingly, Colour Therapy or Chromotherapy is used not only in conventional medicine – for example, neonatal jaundice is treated with blue light, ultraviolet light is used for healing skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and sunlight is well understood to be vital for the production of Vitamin D that is essential for healthy bones – but alternative applications, such as Colour Puncture which uses coloured light along the meridians and acupressure points, are gaining popularity as more research reveals how effective, yet non-invasive, are the powers of colour healing.

The Platbos Colour Essences

The Platbos Colour Essences are solarized colour tinctures. Also known as hydrochromatic therapy, the colour essences are vibratory in nature; they do not have a visible colour yet hold the therapeutic frequencies of each specific colour ray.

The colour essences are created in a natural clearing in the forest where an ancient fallen White Stinkwood’s trunk provides a perfect alter for catching the sun’s rays. The colour essences are additionally enhanced with chakra tuning forks, prisms of coloured glass, and sacred geometry.


The Platbos Prisms of Light

The coloured glass prisms used in the creation of the Platbos Colour Essences are based on the dimensions of the Great Pyramid of Giza. One of the wonders of the ancient world, much mystery surrounds the Great Pyramid, and for good reason. Believed to have been built during the last Age of Leo, the Great Pyramid encodes mathematical and astronomical information that is held to be well in advance of the standards of the architects of the time. Indeed, the information – encompassing equations for the speed of light, Pi (π), the dimensions and movements of the Earth and the planets, the Earth’s axial tilt and more – is far beyond even our current understanding.

Tuning fork and essenceResearch into the pyramid form has yielded fascinating findings. The word “pyramid” means “fire in the middle”. The pyramid form creates a vibration which makes it a transmitter of universal light energy. As the inside of the pyramid transmits the inflowing energy it causes a higher dimensional field – a field that is said to be the animating force behind all creation – and has the capacity to automatically transform lower vibrational energy into higher vibrational energy. For this reason it is said that spending time within a pyramid causes people to feel energized and to experience a sharpening of their sense-perceptions. Kirlian photography has shown that when one meditates within a pyramid form, one’s electromagnetic field vibrates brighter and larger than normal. In addition, the pyramidal shape focuses and resonates beneficial sound vibrations. Thus the sound vibrations of the chakra tuning forks used during the essence making process are deeply enhanced by the glass prisms. The sunlight passing through the coloured glass is energized with their high vibrations.

(This is but a short introduction to the sacred geometries of the Great Pyramid and the incredible vibrations that it generates – please explore more in-depth studies of its mysteries and geometries on the internet).

The Chakra Tuning Forks

Each chakra has a measurable pattern of electromagnetic activity. The Chakra Tuning Forks initiate sound frequencies that stimulate the body to recreate these harmonious frequencies should they be out of balance.

The frequencies of the Chakra Tuning Forks used in the Platbos Colour Essences were researched by Swiss mathematician and musicologist Hans Cousto. Using precise mathematical formulas of the Solar System’s planetary cycles, their tuning and sound vibrations are based on the time that the planets take to revolve around the Sun.

The astronomical periods of the Earth and Moon dictate the fundamental beat of life on our planet. For example, the Earth’s rotation shapes our sleep-wake rhythm and the biological growth and resting periods are determined by the seasons of the Earth’s orbit of the Sun. These notes correspond to our own biological oscillating frequencies.

The tones of each tuning fork are attuned to the given chakra, the planets and their associated colours.  These sound frequencies are used during the creation of the Colour Essences.

The Sacred Geometries and Symbols

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© Fiona Almeleh

The Sanskrit Symbols for the Chakras – created by Geometer and Numerologist Ros Pape – are used during the essence making process. The ‘in between’ colours and chakras – for instance coral-pink, gold, silver and turquoise – are enhanced with artwork created by Shelley Adams and Fiona Almeleh.  The images, sacred geometry and colours additionally imprint the essence with their healing vibrations, and have been carefully chosen for this purpose. These and other prints or cards can be ordered directly from the relevant artist:


Shelley Adams:

Fiona Almeleh:

Ros Pape sadly passed away in 2017; her website holds a wealth of information for those interested to learn more about sacred geometry:

Using the Platbos Colour Essences

The Colour Essences are best used in combination with the Tree Essences which will assist with grounding the very high frequencies of the colour rays, and integrate them into the body and energy field. Bhuvaneshwari Whitehouse, a gifted Flower Therapist and Counsellor, combines her deep love and knowledge of the healing powers of Nature, flower essences and essential oils, and recommends using the Platbos Colour Essences in combination with the grounding powers of the African Tree Essences:

“I had used the African tree essences since they were first launched in the U.K, and soon fell in love with them, so when I saw that Melissa had been working on a new range of colour essences, I jumped at the chance to work with them. They are extremely potent tools for our healing and personal advancement; however, due to their potency my inner guidance suggests that they always be used along with either the White Stinkwood or Cherry wood or the White Colour Essence, or all three, if that is your requirement. It would be a great to introduce them gently into our energy field by first using the Tree Mists and then working the colour essences into your blends.

These wonderful essences are especially potent when used in conjunction with the African tree essences and I recommend them highly! They are now being used with increasing regularity in most of our custom blends with a special focus on Karmic and soul issues.”

~ Bhuvaneshwari Whitehouse []

Therefore, it is recommended that if you are drawn to working with the Red Colour Essence for example, you will use it together with either the Cherry Wood or White Stinkwood or the White Colour Essence. To work out which supportive tree essence you would like to use – please read up about the different healing properties of each tree. The White Colour Essence, because it contains all of the colours, brings balance, completeness and union.

As a general guide-line, take 4 drops of the chosen essences in water 3 times per day for 4 weeks. Each Colour Essence has its corresponding Tree Essence which can also be added to the water blend. For example, Red Essence is connected energetically to the Milkwood Tree – so you may like to include the energies of the Milkwood in your blend.

In addition, each Colour Essence has its complementary Colour Essence. Using Red as our example, you may like to include the Green Essence in your combination as the qualities that the colour green holds brings balance to issues of too much ‘redness’ in our lives – for example, green will balance and calm someone who is overly passionate and impulsive. As a general rule, a particular colour essence can be used to bring in qualities that you feel are under expressed in your life, while its complementary colour will bring balance and harmony if a particular colour energy is overly expressed in our life.

Meditating on the essence’s affirmation will further enhance the effect of the essences. The blend can also be applied to pulse points or acupressure points. Keeping a journal to record dreams, memories and thoughts that arise over the time period that you are taking your essences is useful and can help to raise your awareness of old thought patterns, feelings or beliefs that may be ready to be released.

There are many ways to work therapeutically with colour for healing in everyday life. The colours we like to wear, particular colours we find distasteful – all of these gives us insight into ourselves. If you would like a personal reading and consultation with Bhuvaneshwari Whitehouse to determine which colour essences and tree essences to work with please contact her via her website:

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