The festival of Holi is synonymous with lots of fun, gaiety and colours. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil and people smear colours on each other to celebrate the victory. However, in the past few years, there has been a rise in the usage of colours that are filled with the harsh chemicals and toxins that are play havoc with your skin and hair. Not just that, you need to know that it isn’t good for the earth either because you are just polluting the surroundings.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you found natural alternatives and made colours for yourself at your home? Not only would they be safe to use, but you know what is in it which saves your skin from the harsh alternatives available in the market. Let’s just have a look at the health hazards most of the chemicals colours available in the market pose for you.
Green colour is made with copper sulphate and in most severe reactions can cause a lot of eye allergies and even temporary blindness. Red colour, also known as gulal can contain mercury sulphite, which can cause skin cancer and is a known agent that triggers a stroke. Purple colour can contain chromium iodide that can trigger various respiratory allergies. Silver colour can include aluminium bromide, which is a known carcinogenic or agent involved in causing cancer.
Making your own natural colours
It is easy to make your own natural colours at home to add to the fun and joy element to the beautiful festival of colours. Ready? Let’s look at the wide range of colours you can make right in the comfort of your home.
You can mix turmeric (haldi) and gram flour (besan) to create a vibrant yellow colour. What more? These two ingredients make awesome skin food too. If you are ready to invest in a few days of preparation then dry some yellow chrysanthemums or marigold flower and make it into a fine powder. Mix this with gram flour to get a beautiful hue of yellow.
Gulal is everyone’s favourite Holi colour and you can use a variety of options to create your own gulal. Mix dried rose petals that have been ground to a fine powder with red sandalwood powder which is very good for the skin too. You can also dry hibiscus flowers and grind in a mixer to make a fine powder to use it as gulal. Soak the flowers in water overnight to get rich red water that you can splash in!
Ancient mythology states that saffron is Lord Krishna’s favourite colour and it was made using the tesu flowers, which was also known as the Flame of the Forest. If you want to play with coloured water, then boil the tesu flowers in water and let it cool or just soak the flowers in water overnight to get a lovely orange colour. You can also crush these dried tesu flowers to a powder, and then mix with sandalwood powder
You can make your own green colour by mixing henna powder (mehendi) with any suitable flour to attain a lovely green shade. It is important to note the mehendi leaves a bright orange colour only when it is wet and it is easy to brush off the dry mehendi. Avoid using this as a wet colour. You can also dry the leaves of gulmohur and grind it in a mixer to get a fine powder.
Slice a few beetroot’s and let them soak overnight in a pail of water to get a bright and vibrant pink wet colour for Holi.
Experts say the chemicals in the colours found in the market can cause a lot of damage to your skin and hair and in some cases can also cause respiratory issues. The outbreak of allergies post Holi is very common and it is therefore advisable to use organic and natural colours that are safe to use. Make a pact to go organic this Holi and you’ll enjoy and wonderful Holi! So, play Holi the natural way!
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