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Colours galore

You can celebrate Holi in an environment-friendly manner by buying or making organic and herbal colours.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2010 02:53 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times

You can easily make the festival of colours an eco-friendly one, either by buying only organic and herbal colours or by making them at home.

Here’s how you can do that:

Check for organic and/or herbal certification before buying colours. The market is flooded with chemical colours that cause skin irritation and damage eyes despite claims of being organic. One big advantage of organic colour is that not only do they have chemical irritants, they also contain germ-controlling ingredients that are beneficial for the skin.

A natural way of making green colour at home is by crushing henna powder separately or mixed with flour. Use only pure mehendi and not the one mixed with amla. Dry mehendi will not leave colour on the face but when mixed with water to form a paste, it will leave slight colour.

Use turmeric powder with double the quantity of besan to obtain dry yellow colour. Another alternative is to crush the dried petals of flowers such as tesu and gainda and mix with besan for a dry colour. You could also boil and leave the flowers overnight for wet colour.

A rich magenta colour can be obtained by grating one beetroot and soaking it in one litre of water. You can also boil the peels of 10 to 15 pink onions in half a litre of water for an orange-pink colour. Fill them in your trendy pichkaris and spray everyone with natural colours.