Spring is officially here so as the festival of Holi .With the happiest festival of season and splash of colors ,Holi is being celebrated throughout in India with much more hoo-hala and so as the chance to drench everyone with bura na mano holi hai but this also brings the skin allergy ,irritating eyes and the pain to get off that after holi color with the chemical based colour.
Though in market some herbal colors are available but not came with guarantee and may be fake label for its sale but you can make your own organic color without any fuss but with a little effort and will be gentle to your skin and eyes.
you could try these out Red :
- Red Sandal Wood Powder has a beautiful red colour, can be added with rice flour to increase its quantity . This can be used instead of Red Gulal.
- Dry red hibiscus flowers in shade and powder to make a lovely red color.
- Beetroot, Peels of Red Pomegranate boiled in water, juice of tomatoes and carrots all diluted with enough water to make natural red color .
- 2 tsp of sindur with 1 liter of water .
- Mix two parts of turmeric powder (haldi) with four parts of rice flour and use it as yellow gulal.
- Dried petals of Amaltas, Marigold / Gainda , in shade and crush them to obtain a fine powder
- Add one teaspoon of haldi to two liters of water and stir well. This can be boiled to increase the concentration of color .
- Soak Amaltas or Marigold flowers in water. Boil and leave overnight.
- Use mehendi / henna powder, separately or mix with equal quantity rice flour to attain a lovely green shade.Make sure your use pure heena without any amla ritha added to it .
- Dry and finely powder the leaves of Gulmohur tree for a green colour.
- Mix two teaspoons of mehendi in one liter of water and Stir it well.
- Can also be obtained by mixing a fine paste of green vegetable leaves like spinach / palak, coriander / dhaniya, mint / pudina etc. in water.
- The Jacaranda flowers can be dried in the shade and ground to obtain a beautiful blue powder. The flowers bloom in summers.
- Crush the berries (fruits) of the Indigo plant and add to water for desired color strength. In some Indigo species the leaves when boiled in water yield a rich blue.
- soak saffron strands overnight in water mix later mix it with rice flour and dried that in shade
- The Flame of the Forest known as Tesu, Palash or Dhak in vernacular languages, is the source of the wonderful, traditional color for Holi. The flowers are soaked overnight in water and can also be boiled to obtain a fragrant yellowish – orange-colored water.
- Kattha (Acacia catechu) when mixed with water will give a brownish color.
- Boil Tea or Coffee leaves in water. Cool and use.
- Boil dried fruits of Amla / Indian Gooseberry in an iron vessel and leave overnight. Dilute with water and use.
- Extract juice of black grapes and dilute with sufficient quantity of water to remove stickiness
Here’s wishing you all a fun filled, colorful and safe Holi!