Green was the color of fertility to the Celts, so back in the Renaissance period brides would wear green wedding gowns symbolizing their willingness to bear children.

This despite the fact that early Christians banned green because it had been used prominently in pagan ceremonies.Yet the power of the ancient symbolism remains even today, just as it did in the Renaissance: Studies and analysis by scientists have determined that there is still a connection between green and fertility in the modern mind.

But if someone chooses a green M&M, are they actually sending out a somewhat sexual message?

If that is so, then what's with the new blue ones? It seems odd that blue was chosen as the new color; since blue is an appetite suppressor under the same studies.

One study, for example, has shown that putting food on a blue plate will aid in weight loss. A blue light in the dining room is supposed to do the same.

But, back to green, the color we are concerning ourselves with today. To the Egyptians, green was the color of hope. And to this day green is a sacred color to Muslims.

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But to those concerned with color as a decorating tool, green is the most restful color to the eye; one that has a healing power and can soothe pain.

Scientists, for example, have shown that a work environment saturated with green contains workers who report fewer stomachaches. And when the Blackfriar Bridge in London was painted green, the suicide incidents dropped by 34 percent.

So, if there is a moral of this article, it is that if weight loss is what the doctor ordered, color your kitchen and eating area blue. But for a relaxing, stomach-soothing atmosphere, place lots of green in the family room.

And if you still hear the ring of Celtic legend and want another baby, you might try lots of green in the bedroom. I know of no scientific study that shows that is actually beneficial, but there is power in color nonetheless.

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