Here’s How You Can Make Natural Colours This Holi
If ‘skin allergies’ is the first thing that comes to your mind when anyone mentions Holi aka ‘the festival of colours’. You’ve come to the right place.Let us tell you, the holi colours we dread, once had therapeutic properties. Yes, if you did not already know, Holi colours were traditionally made from herbs and flowers. But, slowly, chemicals and artificial dyes replaced natural dyes, flowers and herbs.
The good news, however, is that, more and more people have seemed to realise that natural was the best way to be. Many brands are now going organic and manufacturing chemical-free organic colours. You could easily pick one and enjoy a healthy Holi. But, if you have some time on your hand, and want your Holi colours to up your beauty game, try to make these D-I-Y gulals at home:
Yellow is the colour of sunshine. It associated with happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, and joy.
Steps to make yellow gulal at home:
You would need: Turmeric- 2 tablespoons, Gram flour- 4 tablespoons, Marigold flowers (optional)
Procedure: Take two tablespoons of Turmeric powder and Gram Flour in a large plastic bowl and mix them well using a dry tablespoon. If you have marigold flowers handy, let them dry. After they’ve dried, grind its petals in a grinder. Mix this powder in the haldi-besan mixture. Not only will this add a lovely fragrance to it, but will also enhance the hue of your organic yellow gulal.
Beauty benefit: Interestingly, both gram flour and turmeric, work wonders for the skin. While gram flour clears acne, brightens, tightens, and cleanses the skin; turmeric lends a golden glow to the skin and has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Pink is the colour of friendliness. It radiates warmth, joy, innocence, and love.
Steps to make pink gulal at home:
You would need: Beetroot powder- 4 tablespoons, Cornflour- 2 tablespoons
Procedure: To make pink gulaal, mix 4 tablespoons of beetroot powder with 2 tablespoons of cornflour. If you don’t have beetroot powder, you can grind fresh beetroots to make a paste and let it dry in the sun.
Beauty benefit: Not only beetroots add a natural pinkish tinge to the skin, but its Vitamin C content prevents skin pigmentation caused due to harmful rays of the sun.
In India, red colour is associated with purity, as well as passion. It is associated with energy, strength, power, determination, passion, desire, and love.
You would need: Red sandalwood powder- 4 tablespoons, Cornflour- 2 tablespoons, Hibiscus flowers
Procedure: Take a few hibiscus flowers and let them dry. After they’ve dried, grind its petals into a fine powder. Mix this powder with red sandalwood powder and cornflour, and store it in an airtight box.
Beauty benefit: Red sandalwood has been touted for its beauty benefits since ages. It cools and soothes irritated skin, clears acne, removes suntan, and gives a radiant complexion. Hibiscus too is extremely good for the skin, as it is known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
You would need: Pure henna powder- 4 tablespoons, Neem Powder- 4 tablespoons, Cornflour- 2 tablespoons
Procedure: Take equal quantities of henna powder and neem powder and mix them well. Now, add 2 tablespoons of cornflour to it to make the powder smooth. Mix well and store. Make sure the henna powder you are using doesn’t have any additional ingredients in it as they could change its colour.
Beauty benefit: Neem powder has great anti-bacterial properties. It helps clear acne, removes impurities, and controls the secretion of excessive sebum. Henna powder also has therapeutic properties and provides a cooling sensation to the skin.
Making liquid colours is also as easy but since we’re aren’t in favour of wasting quintals of water for momentary fun, we’ll recommend you to play a dry Holi.
Hope this festival of colours brings countless joys to your life. Have a healthy, happy, and safe Holi.