Imagine after a game of Holi your skin begins to glow and your hair
get an added bounce or lustre... Most people cannot imagine this scenario as
for a large majority of us it is nearly a nightmarish experience to get rid
of the colours and to get their initial skin type back.
It is to be noted that Holi can become more soothing after the play with
colours with the use of natural colours. As natural colours are obtained
from skin friendly sources such as turmeric or haldi, flower extracts,
sandalwood, mehndi besides several others. Besides, natural colours are
cheap and can easily be prepared at home.
Ancient India was fully aware of the benefits of the fragrant natural
colours for our skin and health and also there therapeutic value. The
ingredients of Gulal
were purposely chosen for their emollient
qualities. In Vrindavan, Holi is still played with actual flower petals
chosen for their fragrance and colour such as rajnigandha and rose.
By using these safe, natural colours we can help to save our environment
and conserve our bio-diversity. When colours containing harmful chemicals
such as lead oxide, oxidised metals, industrial dyes and other toxic
chemicals get into the river water they cause water and soil pollution.
Risking the lives of myriad life forms through the food chain.