Do you remember the time when after playing Holi with all the possible colours you could lay your hands on, your skin started to glow naturally, and your hair became healthier and shinier? Most people would think I'm kidding. But I'm not! This scenario which seems next to impossible, thanks to the chemical laden colours that damage our skin and hair, is actually possible!
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How? By using natural and organic colours, of course! If you want to a have a safe and fun-filled Holi, make your own natural colours at-home with these tips.
For red: Dry sandalwood powder has a beautiful natural red colour that can be used to play Holi with. What's more, sandalwood is extremely beneficial for the skin and is usually found in most face packs, etc. Use it in place of red gulal and you'll be surprised how smooth your skin feels the next day. Another option is to use dried hibiscus flower petals. Simply pick the richest coloured ones and dry them for 2-3 days in the sun, then ground them to a fine powder and add some wheat flour to it to obtain the preferred colour of your choice. You can even mix the colours with water if you like a messier Holi.
For green: Dry mehndi powder (which does not contain amla) can also be used instead of green colour. Don't worry,the dry mehndi wont leave any stain on your cheeks but if you get a bit sweaty you may want to brush of the mehndi with a dry face towel. You can also mix powdered sugar with some dry food colouring for a rich green shade. Alternatively, for a wet green colour, you may use mehndi powder and food colouring and mix them in a bucket of water. Strain on a cloth before using. Mixing a fine paste of neem, fenugreek, spinach, coriander or mint leaves in a large bucket of water will also give you a rich green colour. Remember to strain!
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For purple/magenta: Beetroot can give you a nice magenta colour. Simply grate some beetroot and dry it for 2-3 days; then grind it to a fine powder and mix some flour in it. You can also boil a few beetroots and use the water which would have developed a deep purplish shade. Jamblang or jamun can also be used for a dark purple colour. Simply crush a few jamuns and boil the puree in one litre of water, leave it overnight and dilute the water next morning to get the desired shade.
For yellow: The best thing that you could use to obtain a safe and natural yellow colour is turmeric! Turmeric or haldi has many antibacterial and antiseptic properties and is great for the skin. Mix some turmeric powder with chandan powder or flour for a subtle yellow colour. You can even mix it with water. Dried yellow marigold flowers can also be used to make a rich yellow colour. Grind the dried marigold petals to a fine powder and mix some turmeric with it for a deep yellow.
For blue: Blueberries and indigo berries can give a nice bright blue colour when boiled in water for 30 minutes. For a dry blue colour, grind some dried jacaranda flowers (known as neela gulmohar in some parts of India). These flowers usually bloom in summer.
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Wishing you a "beautiful" Holi! :)