Posts tagged ‘turmeric’

March 11, 2017

7 Natural Ways of Making Natural Colors This Holi


Holi, the festival of colors is one of the much-loved festivals in India. Like every festival, Holi is also celebrated with lots of love, joy, and fun which people show by showering colorful powders(Gulal) and rang on each other.
However, the colors which we buy from the retail stores may have various chemical ingredients which are harmful to our skin and hair. When we have been gifted with pure and natural color alternatives by mother earth, why not make the best of it and prepare our natural safe Holi colors this time:

Red: Mix ample amount of red sandalwood powder with refined wheat flour. Sandalwood is a magical gift for skincare and even adds an aroma in your Holi colors. Wheat flour is equally safe to use as it is a basic edible ingredient used in every Indian kitchen.

Yellow: Who knows the beauty of turmeric better than us? You can mix turmeric powder and gram flour to make a bright yellow powder for Holi which will also improve your skin tone.

Orange: Dried and crushed forest (Tesu) flowers can be used for preparing orange powder. Tesu flowers are used in various ayurvedic medicines, hence, it is beneficial to our body in all ways.

Green: Finely crushed and powdered fenugreek (methi) / mint (pudina) leaves can be the best ingredient for preparing green color. Fenugreek has been found to do wonders in haircare and mint keeps your scalp and skin cool in the hot summer.

Pink: Grated beetroot or Pomegranate seeds can be soaked in water to get a bright pink color. Pomegranate and beetroot have so many natural compounds which beautify –It will not only give you a pinkish color but will also keep your skin healthy throughout Holi.

Brown: This Holi, instead of drinking tea or coffee, just shower it on your friends. Boil tea leaves or coffee in water and cool them to prepare a rich brown liquid as a Holi special.

Purple: It’s so simple! Grind Black grapes or jambul (jamun) and dilute with ample water to get a natural purple liquid to play with at Holi this year.

Hope these natural color extracts will help you enjoy an eco-friendly Holi this year body and soul. Happy Holi!!

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October 23, 2015

DIY Marigold Turmeric Lemon Facepack for glowing skin !!


                                        DIY Marigold Turmeric Lemon Facepack for Glowing Skin !!
The humble Marigold (calendula officinalis) flowers or (genda phool as it is called in Hindi ) are not only considered auspicious and a part of every pooja but are actually natural healing agents as they have awesome benefits for the skin, due to their high anti oxidant content carotenoids and antimicrobial properties
Marigolds contain numerous antioxidant carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, often paired together, and lycopene that not only give the petals their bright orange and yellow colors but protect us and the skin from damage due to free radicals and environmental pollution .

DIY Marigold Turmeric Lemon Facepack for Glowing Skin !!Medicinal Uses of the Marigold Flower:

  • In aroma therapy
  • For skin treatments
  • To  reduce cracking of  heels
  • To reduce dryness of palms
  • To make natural yellow dyes for cosmetics& foods
  • As  mosquito repellents
  • Wound healing
  • AcneMarigold turmeric lemon facepack for glowing skin:DIY Marigold Turmeric Lemon Facepack for Glowing Skin !!
    Take the petals of 2-3 marigold flowers and crush them with some raw milk. Then add a pinch of turmeric powder ,a tsp of lemon juice and crushed oatmeal or maida to form a paste . Apply on the face for 30 mins and wash off with warm water for soft glowing skin -The antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of the marigold flower, lemon& turmeric also help reduce dark spots& marks.
March 7, 2012

Play Holi with Natural Colours!!


                                                                                Holi!!!Just the name conjures up brilliant images of dazzling colour,fun,frolic and Masti!!!!!! But hold on-what happens the day after??You are left with itchy coloured skin,stained nails,red smarting eyes-.the list just goes on…..In fact at times people who are allergic to certain substances might find it difficult to breath or take almost a month to recover from the rashes..This is caused by the chemicals mixed in the colours,which may contain heavy metals like chromium,lead,and mercury.Most Holi colors sold in the market are oxidized metals or industrial dyes mixed with engine oil. Sample this: Green &blue come from copper sulphate, purple is chromium iodide, silver is aluminum bromide, black is lead oxide and shiny colors are result of powdered glass being added to the colors. Asbetos and silica normally form the base for these colors.It is very hard to remove these chemical colors from the skin as  they enter into the body through the skin.Sometimes these colours accidentally enter into eyes and can cause reddening and itching.

Tips to safeguard your skin and hair  :
1.Read the labels-Some brands specify that the color is for industrial use

2.Use only branded  natural colors which are now available in most stores.

3. Examine the color powder carefully :if you can see glass powder or smell diesel oil,totally  avoid these colors

4.Apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel to your skin and hair,before playing Holi.

5.Slather on sunscreen or aloevera gel :the mixture of chemicals and the hot sun overhead is a potent combination for sunburn and suntan. 6.Apply  Vaseline under your nails& on your lips: This will prevent the colours from seeping in&staining them

7.The Lemon Rub:Rub some lemon wedges over your skin for some time and then wash it off.Lemons can naturally bleach the skin&take off stubborn stains.After washing it off,be sure to apply a herbal moisturiser or aloe vera gel to prevent the skin from drying up.

8.Protect your hair: Oil your hair with a nourishing herbal hair oil or olive oil and tie it up before you step out.Later rinse off the colours with a gentle herbal shampoo&deep condition it with a jojoba based conditioner.

9.Apply a hair pack  of coconut&fenugreek :This reduces the dryness caused by the harsh colours.Read more at https://prakritiherbals.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/go-coco-nuttya-coconut-fenugreek-hairmask-to-reduce-hairfalland-dandruff/  Make these natural colours at home…..All you need is some time and patience and you can!!!!!

  • NATURAL COLOURS:
  • Dry Yellow Colour: Mix two spoons of turmeric powder with four spoons of besan for bright yellow colour
  • Wet Yellow Colour: Mix Two spoons of turmeric in two litres of water and stir well.
  • Dry Green Colour: Make a paste out of different leaves like spinach, coriander, mint etc in water and leave it to dry. Another method is to mix mehndi and any flour.
  • Wet Green Colour: Take four spoons of henna and mix in two litres of water.
  • Wet Magenta Colour: Grate beetroot and soak in one liter water for magenta colour.
  • Dry Green colour–Pure mehendi / henna powder. Mix with equal quantity of flour to get a lovely shade of green. Mehendi  will not leave its imprint on your face as it can be easily brushed off.Make sure the henna is pure and not kali mehndi as it has dyes mixed in it
  • Wet Brown Colour: Boil tea or coffee in water and cool it
  • Wet Black Colour– Boil dried fruits of Amla / Indian Gooseberry in an iron vessel and leave it overnight. Dilute with water and use.

Well what you are waiting for???…This year play Holi the safe way!!!!   HAPPY HOLI TO YOU ALL !!!!:)