Colours of holi to fight skin ailments
Holi revellers can now not only stay free from skin diseases, but fight them as well while playing with a new herbal white gulaal, a unique technology which researchers at Jadavpur University are planning to patent.
Unlike other coloured gulaal sold in the market, the white gulaal looks just like talcum powder and is free from toxic elements harmful to the body, the university's pro vice-chancellor Siddhartha Dutta told PTI in Kolkata.
Moreover, the ingredients in the white gulaal can fight a number of skin diseases, Dutta said.
It has been prepared from extracts of flowers, neem and other herbal products and spiced up with the enchanting fragrance of Rajnigandha.
The gulaal is a result of a year's ardous research by a team of 10 people, including faculty members and research scholars of the varsity's chemical engineering department.
"Our trails have been successful. We are now planning to apply for patenting our technology," Dutta said.
Containing heavy metals like zinc and mercury which can cause serious skin damage along with irritation, redness and skin burning, chemical colours sold in the market are also known to result in kidney, lung and liver ailments.
The white gulaal will also be a relief for parents who are reluctant to allow their young ones to play with powdered hues and watery splashes during Holi fearing health problems.