Yep, it’s Holi again. That time of the year when you go out to shop for colors and welcome spring with a vibrant festival. This time, let’s do things a little differently. We’re sure you hate the after effects of the readymade colors which are laden with chemicals on your hair and skin. We wanted to go old-school and show you how to make Holi powders at home, so we put together a little guide for you. Now you can make your own organic Holi colors and enjoy an eco friendly Holi.
Red sandalwood powder has an amazing red shade to it. It is extremely beneficial for the skin, so you can choose to use this in place of red gulal.
Dry red hibiscus flowers can be powdered to make a lovely red color. Add flour to this to add bulk to the mixture.
Sinduria contains a fruit which yields bright red seeds. This too can be used to derive a beautiful red color.
Mix 3 teaspoons of red sandalwood powder in ½ or 1 liter of water depending on what color concentration you’re looking for, and bring to a boil.
Red hibiscus flowers if soaked in water overnight can yield a deep red shade.
Boil the peels of red pomegranate with water and leave to rest overnight to get a bright red shade by morning.
The blue hibiscus flower can be powdered with flour just like you would with red hibiscus.
Jacaranda flowers which usually start to bloom around springtime can be dried and crushed or ground to give a deep blue color.
Crush the fruits of the indigo plant with water to give you a blue mixture. Alternatively, you can also use blue berries. Dilute with water according to what color concentration you are looking for.
Mix 3 teaspoons of haldi/turmeric powder with double the quantity of besan. This mixture also has great therapeutic effects and it’s great for your skin too. It also promotes skin lightening. The besan can also be substituted multani matti to make your very own herbal Holi colors.
Flowers like marigold, yellow chrysanthemums yield different shades of yellow. Dry the petals of these flowers and then grind them to get your natural yellow color.
Add two tablespoons of haldi in water and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. Allow this to sit overnight to blend well.
Soak Amaltas or marigold flower petals in water overnight and then bring to a boil the next day. Alternatively, you can grind the petals with water in the mixer.
Use mehendi/henna powder and mix this with an equal quantity of flour or atta to get a lovely subtle green shade. Make sure you use only pure dry mehendi and it’s can easily be brushed off and will not stain the face.
You can also use an indigo, turmeric and potato mixture to make your natural colors.
You can make a paste with green leaves of spinach, coriander, pudina, etc with water in the mixer.
Try these all natural colors this Holi to brighten up your festival. If you’re too busy then you can always buy our natural and organic colors.