Make your own Natural Holi colours

Last Updated: Mar 17, 2011, 15:37 PM IST

Holi can be fun by using environment friendly natural colours. These are not only cheap but can also be made easily at home. Explore the fascinating world of natural colours. By using these safe, natural colours we are not only saving our skins but are also helping to save our environment and conserve our biodiversity.

Passionate Reds

Red is the colour of festivity, vibrancy, energy and love. It is also one of the most favourable colours used in Holi. Use the simple tips to make the red colour at home:

• Dry red rose petals by spreading them on newspaper. Grind these rose petals and use this red powder as `gulal`.

• The red sandalwood powder can be used as Red Gulal. It is beneficial for skin and can also be used in face packs.

• Boil two teaspoon of red sandalwood powder in five liters of water. Dilute it with twenty liters of water to get red colour solution.

• Dry red hibiscus flowers in the shade and grind them to a lovely red colour.

• Water can be boiled with peels of red pomegranate or wood of Madder Tree to give a lovely red colour.

• Tomato and carrot juice diluted with enough water for natural red colour for Holi.

Glowing Greens

The soothing green colour is found in abundance in nature. It represents compassion, purity and harmony. It has a calming and healing effect, in its natural and herbal form.

• Gulmohar, spinach, coriander or mint leaves can be dried and ground to get a rich green gulal.

• Experiment with different shades of green by mixing henna powder with equal quantity of any flour.

• To get a green solution, you can mix two teaspoons of mehendi in one litre of water and stir well.

Magical Magentas & Bold Blues

Magenta asks us to break old attitudes, to steer clear of obsessions and to forget what has passed away. Blue enforces peace and faith. It is the colour of new beginnings and creative expression.

• Grate one beetroot and soak it in one liter of water overnight for deep magenta colour solution. Dilute it with water for desired colour strength.

• Orangish pink colour solution can be prepared by boiling 10 to15 onion peels in half liter of water.

• The Jacaranda flowers that bloom in summers can be dried in shade and ground to get a beautiful blue coloured powder.

• The blue Hibiscus flowers can be dried and powdered to get blue gulal.

• The leaves of Indigo plant can yield rich blue colour, when boiled in water.

Exciting Saffrons

Saffron and orange colours are often associated with festivity, happiness, joyousness and optimism. We bring you the tips to prepare the beautiful saffrons and oranges at home.

• Grind dried or fresh mehandi leaves to get green-coloured powder.

• Add little turmeric and sandalwood powder to rose water to make a saffron colour solution.

• Traditionally, flowers of the `Flame of the forest`, known as Tesu or Palash are boiled to give a deeper yellowish-orange colour solution.

Jubilant Yellows

Yellow denotes energy, intellect and awakening of new blooms in the spring season.

• Mix two teaspoons of turmeric powder (haldi) with four teaspoons of gram flour (besan) and use it as yellow gulal.

• Dry the petals of flowers like Amaltas, marigold or yellow chrysanthemums and grind them to yield different shades of yellow colour powder.

• Boil one teaspoon of haldi in two liters of water to yield deep yellow colour.

• Soak 50 marigold flowers in 2 liters of water and boil it to get yellow colour solution.