‘Holi ka gulaal ho
Rango ki bahaar ho
Gujiya ki mithaas ho
Ek baat khaas ho
Sabke dil mein pyaar ho
Yehi Apna tyohaar ho’
Holi – the colour of festivals – fills young and old alike with a zest and fervour which no other festival possibly can. While, holi is one festival where clothes, accessories and make-up do not matter. The only thing which concerns everybody is the quality of colours being used.
Celebrating an eco-friendly holi will make your celebration very different and harmless. Here are a few recipes to prepare natural colours at home. This will not just make your holi an economical one, but also guarantee no side-effects on your skin.
Gram flour (besan) and Turmeric (haldi) are extremely healthy for the skin and make a brilliant yellow. Turmeric has great antiseptic properties and gram flour is a great cleanser. This is one colour which will fetch you compliments for a glowing skin after holi.
The red and pink colours are most loved by everyone. Beetroot is the best choice to make red colour. Add beetroot to boiling water and make a concentrated concoction and dilute it with water. Cranberry (kokam) is another option, take a good amount of cranberry and soak it in a bucket of water overnight. By morning, you will have a deep red colour ready.
This is another easy colour to prepare, all you’ll have to do is use some saffron (kesar) boiled in water. It will give a bright shade of orange.
Mix henna (mehendi) powder with some flour to get a dry green colour. When mixed with water, the mixture will give a semi-permanent colour on your skin. However, it will not pose any harm.