The Uplifting Energy of Chartreuse
My favourite colour in the world is green. I feel like I have this spiritual connection to it. I am not quite sure if it is because I grew up in a bedroom with lacquer green wardrobe doors or because my Chinese name means 'jade' and 'spring' or simply because it reminds me of nature. I suspect it is probably a combination of all of these things.
One shade of green that I do seem to be attracted to is the colour chartreuse. Bold and uplifting, this distinctive colour combines the vitality of green with the energy and optimism of yellow.
Chartreuse was named after a greenish yellow French liquer, originally made by Carthusian monks in the early 1600's. It was supposedly an 'elixir of long life' and was made from a complex blend of 130 herbs and plants.
This drink became very popular during the 1800's where the drink's colour and name became synonymous, leading to its foray into women's fashion and home decor. It became especially popular in the 1920's since it was viewed as being bold, vibrant and rebellious.