How safe are your colours this Holi? Here’s an article on Holi Colours made at Home
With Holi not so far away, and the festive mood setting in, the streets will soon be filled with vibrant colours. But little do we know of the number of chemicals and toxins that these colors contain and more importantly the risk they carry to our skin, hair and overall health.
With awareness rising today about the toxicity of these colours and its skin-deep dangers, there is now a high demand for alternates options. The world today is also gravitating towards a more wholistic eco-friendly approach and thus natural colours are making their way in.
During the early years, Holi was played with herbal and natural ingredients that were mostly plant based. There are a few ingredients you can use that are easily found in your homes.
For Yellow, use Haldi or Turmeric. Dried palash/ Tesu flowers also give a beautiful yellow colour when soaked in water. These ingredients are naturally anti-septic and anti-inflammatory and may be best suited for skin. It may also stimulate hair growth and prevent dandruff
Orange can be made using dry orange peel or marigold flowers, ground into a fine powder. This is also commonly used in face masks for naturally glowing skin. It also gets rid of unruly hair and adds natural shine to it.
For Green you can buy moringa leaves from your vegetable vendor and dry them or Moringa Powder that is readily available. This is now popularly used in face masks as it helps moisturise the lips, fights acne and improves complexion. You can also use curry leaves or spinach.
Red can be made from drying beetroot in the sun or in the shade and grinding it to make a nice pinkish-red color. It brightens the lips as well as helps clear and soften your skin. You can also use Red sandalwood powder, Hibiscus powder or Rose petals.
Blue is made using Blue Hibiscus powder. It is known to purify and break down dead skin; making it healthy and glowing. It can also stimulate hair growth.
White is made from finely grinding rice at home. You can also use white sandalwood/ fuller’s earth or Multani mitti. Multani Mitti is the most common ingredient in face masks and provides several benefits to the skin.
Purple can be made by boiling purple cabbage in water for a lovely lavender colour. It contains vitamin A, which provides great nourishment for hair and skin.
Brown comes from Amla Powder which is known to reduces skin tan, improve skin tone and brightens skin
Black can be made from Activated Charcoal powder. It is widely used in masks as it removes impurities and dirt from your skin and absorbs excess oil.
Making these require minimum effort and are hardly time consuming. They are not just simple ingredients found in your kitchen but are also highly beneficial to your health.
Make your experience a lot more enjoyable this year. Switch to natural and herbal colours and let safety and health be your top priority.
Read more about Different Holi Colors here.