This Holi ditch the chemical colors and make Organic Holi Colors at home for kids. These Homemade Holi Colors are safe for baby’s sensitive skin.
Holi is the festival of colors. It marks the arrival of spring, the victory of good over evil, mouthwatering sweets and snack and of course vibrant colors. These vibrant colors, however, lately has become toxic – loaded with chemicals. Colors traditionally were made from dried flowers, leaves but now they are loaded with chemicals and dyes. These harmful chemicals are not good for the adult skin – let alone use them on babies. According to Nivedita Dadu, a dermatologist “Colours these days are made from engine oil, diesel, acids, mica, glass powder and alkalis — all of which damage the skin very badly. In some case, these colors cause serious issues like eczema, redness, blisters, extreme redness and flaking of the skin. To minimize these potential side effects on the skin and hair, it’s best to take precautions.” This Holi ditch the chemical laden colors and make Organic Holi Colors at home with easy ingredients. These Homemade Holi Colors are organic and safe for baby’s sensitive skin.
For my son’s first Holi in March 2016 (when he was eight months old) I had used one of these Homemade Holi Colors and we never had any problem with it. So I can tell you – they are absolutely safe.
How to Make Organic Holi Colors at home?
Homemade Holi Color – Yellow
Dry Yellow: The easiest of the Organic Holi colors is making a dry yellow ‘gulal’ using besan and turmeric. Besan or Bengal Gram powder is a common ingredient in Indian Kitchens. Mix 4 parts of besan flour with 2 parts of quality turmeric powder for the dry yellow powdered Holi color.
I have also made this using the turmeric powder used for Pujas.
- Mix Turmeric powder in water
- Boil yellow marigold flower in water
Homemade Holi Color – Red
Red is the brightest color of all and everyone wants a red gulal on Holi. And there are several ways of making red organic Holi color.
- Mix 2 parts of Red Sandalwood Powder to 2 parts of refined flour or rice flour
- Dry petals of red rose or red hibiscus flower under the sun for 2-3 days or till they are crisp. Powder them in a mixer. Add 1 part of refined flour to add volume.
- Dry slices of beetroot under the sun and make powder in a mixer. Add little flour for volume.
- Mix Herbal Sindoor powder with a little refined flour for volume
- Soak grated beetroot in water overnight. You will end up with scarlet water in the morning.
- Soak Kokum in water overnight. You will end up with red water in the morning.
Homemade Holi Color – Saffron
This is the most expensive form of the Organic Holi Colors but you can always make a little batch for your little one.
- Take a pinch of saffron and soak it in a big bowl of water overnight to get saffron water in the morning.
Homemade Holi Color – Green
Green is also one of the easiest Organic Holi Colors that you can make at home.
- Mix good herbal henna powder with refined flour
- Dry spinach leaves under the sun and dry grind them, Mix with flour for volume. You can do similar dry green powder with fenugreek leaves or mint leaves.
- Dry lots of neem leaves under the sun for 3-4 days. Dry grind them and mix with flour for volume.
- Boil fresh neem leaves (margosa) in water. Let it cool down. Strain and dilute the green mixture with more water to get homemade Holi color in green.
Homemade Holi Color – Pink
Making homemade Holi color in Pink is similar to red color. You need to add more flour or rice flour to make the color lighter.
- Mix 2 parts of Red Sandalwood Powder to 4 parts of refined flour or rice flour
- Dry petals of pink rose or pink hibiscus flower under the sun for 2-3 days or till they are crisp. Powder them in a mixer. Add 1 part of refined flour to add volume.
- Dry slices of beetroot under the sun and make powder in a mixer. Add 2 parts of flour for volume.
- Mix Herbal Sindoor powder with 3 parts of refined flour for volume
While the Organic Holi Colors are absolutely safe for use on baby’s skin or adult’s skin they are not as bright as the commercial colors sold in the market. The commercial colors are made from chemicals and dyes which gives the brighter hue. But the homemade Holi colors are inexpensive, safe, toxin-free and of course, made with love.
Have a bright and safe Holi. Happy Holi everyone.
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