Holi is an exuberant
festival of colours. Since the colours are applied on face, skin and hair, it
has become important that we pay attention to help prevent environment from
further damage. Read on to learn about the tips for making eco-friendly colours
Holi is a festival when spring
of colours shoots in the air because people douse each other with colours and
water to get the actual fun and excitement of playing and celebrating Holi.
However, the harsh chemicals used to make the colours dampen the spirit of many
Experts are of the opinion that the chemicals used
in the colours available in the market not only harm your skin and hair, but
also affect the respiratory system. Eye and skin allergies are quite commonly
seen in most people these days. Here are some tips for making eco-friendly
colours for celebrating an eco-friendly
How to Make Natural or
indoors and keeping yourself away from the fun and joy of Holi is not the only
solution to stay away from the harmful effects of Holi colours. You can make
organic or natural
colours at home to play with the help of the following tips.
colour can be made by mixing turmeric
powder and gram flour. The best thing about this is that it is a
wonderful face pack also and it will make skin soft and subtle in turn. You can
use talcum powder or fuller’s earth or multani mitti in place of gram
Dry marigold or chrysanthemums can also be used for
powdered yellow colour. You can also mix this powder with gram flour and use.
Soaking peels of pomegranate overnight will also give you a good yellow colour
it is believed that Lord
Krishna played Holi with Tesu flowers. You can soak these flowers
overnight or boil them for instant use. You will get a nice and naturally
smelling saffron colour ready. You can crush dried tesu flowers and mix with
sandalwood powder to get a smooth touch and natural
Red is one
of the favourite colours of all in Holi. You can make red colour with the help
of red sandalwood powder. This is good for the skin also. Red hibiscus can be
dried and crushed to be used as gulal or dry colour. On the other hand if you
soak these flowers overnight you will get the wet red colour
of beetroot overnight and boil them for few minutesin the morning. You will get
wet pink colour ready for use.
henna powder or mehendi with any flour will help you get the lovely green
shade. Remember, henna or mehendi leaves colour on skin or hair only when it is
wet. Dry henna powder can be easily brushed off without making anyone have
lasting colour effect on skin.
or amla when boiled in an iron container for few minutes can give you a black
colour. Just set aside for some time after boiling them and mix with water to
dilute it. This works as a conditioner for hair
Hazards of Chemical-Based Holi
There are different types of
chemicals used to make Holi colours and all of them have harsh effects on skin,
hair and even different parts of the body.
The copper sulphate used in green
colour causes eye allergies and even results in temporary blindness in
The chemical used in making silver
colour can cause cancer.
The chemical used in dry red
colour can cause skin cancer, mental retardation and even
The chemical used in purple colour
causes different types of allergies and
the Natural Way
With plenty of stores
selling organic colours these days, you will not have to stay away from the fun
and frolic of Holi just to avoid the side effects of colours. You can buy these
colours or make your own and you will be surprised how much people welcome you
and your colour this year.
So, it is time we celebrate
Holi in its traditional old way when the festival was to celebrate
the arrival of spring season. You can play in a natural and less wasteful way
What hazards can be caused to
due chemical based Holi colours? How to make natural and eco-friendly Holi
colours at home? What are the benefits of using natural or eco-friendly colours
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