Holi hai bhai holi hai!!! Bura na mano holi hai!! With splash of colored water and bombardment of paint balloons, begins the festivities of Holi in India!! This festival fills everyone with great enthusiasm and zeal. It’s the only festival in India, where no one is bothered about wearing perfect attire with matching accessories. However, there’s one thing about holi that really bothers us. That is the use of harsh chemical based colors.
But, fikar not! Here’s our special guide to help you make eco-friendly colors at home which are 101% safe and natural.
Skin yells!! Save Me
The colors available in cheap packaging in the market are all very harmful for you as well as the Mother Nature. The presence of harsh chemicals like metal oxides and industrial dyes etc. can be detected easily by just smelling them. Another harmful effect of these harsh colors is that they do not wear off easily; resulting in your extended stay at home till the color is completely warded off.
Disastrous effects of chemicals present in these colors:
Black (Lead Oxide): Kidney failure, learning disability
Green (Copper Sulphate): Temporary blindness
Purple (Chromium Iodide): Asthma, allergies
Silver (Aluminum Bromide): Carcinogenic
Red (Mercury Sulphite): Skin cancer
Hence, using homemade natural colors are safest as they are easily washable, don’t harm our skin and are extremely economical.
Ingredients for 101% natural colors for Holi:
Radiant Red: Red sandal wood powder/ dry red hibiscus petals/rose petals.
Go green: Henna leaves/dry coriander leaves/ dry spinach leaves.
Beaming blue: Dry petals of blue hibiscus/blue gladiolus flower/Indigo (neel).
Sunny Yellow: Kasturi turmeric/ Yellow chandan/petals of marigold flower.
Scintillating Saffron: Dried petals of Palash (Butea monosperma) flower/ Saffron (Kesar)
Vibrant Violet: Beet root juice.
Beaming black: Black grapes/kohl (kajal)
Funky Brown: Coffee powder/Tea leaves.
Step 1: Split the petals of flowers and dry them in shade for eight hours daily for 4-5 days (approx.)
Step 2: When the petals are completely dried, grind them in mixers. Sieve this powder to obtain a finer Gulal (Dry Holi color).
Step 3: Augment (add mass) the powder by mixing corn starch/gram flour (besan) to it. Enhance the fragrance of this Concoction by adding powdered kachursugandhi or chandan powder sandal wood).
Step 4: For wet colors, soak the ingredients overnight in water. Next day blend the colors into a fine paste in blender. Add this paste to the desired amount of water and enjoy your Holi without harming your skin and the environment.
- Don’t forget to apply oodles of baby oil on skin as well as douse your hair with coconut oil to get rid of any chemical color that you may come in contact by any chance.
- You can experiment with different flowers, fruits and vegetables for obtaining varied hues.
- Use natural colors and encourage your friends to do the same.
- By using natural colors, you help save environment from the toxicity of the chemical colors and conserve biodiversity as well. Promote eco-friendly practices.
Now, you are all aware of the preparations for a safe Holi, and our moral obligations towards Mother Nature just leave behind the stress, let your hair down and enjoy eco friendly Holi.
Let’s paint the world naturally!!