The changing colors of Holi – From nourishing colors to toxic colors.

The changing colors of Holi – From nourishing colors to toxic colors.


Holi is a festival with a lot of significance to human health. It marks the end of winters and the onset of summers and this change in the season brings transitional discomfort to the human body.

It’s the time with spring in the air and so are springtime mixed feelings with warmer temperature, longer days, blowing winds, harvesting time, blooming flowers, etc. causing concerns like laziness, flu, allergies, etc.

Holi is celebrated to promote good health with each of its rituals carrying major health benefits.

From the nourishing ubtans to Toxic colours – The use of the different natural colors to play Holi has a natural healing effect on the human body. The colors derived from plants, their leaf, flowers/petals, stems, fruit, roots, etc. When rubbed on the skin helps shed the long winters accumulated dead skin making it clean and healthy.  

 The playtime with friends and family help overcome the laziness and the tardiness caused by the season change.

 The different colours green, yellow, pink, brown etc. help heal physical and mental illness through the traditionally practiced technique of colour therapy.

And the Holika Dahan is performed to mark the victory of good over bad. The fire helps kill the bacteria in the surroundings and burn all that is dry and dirty to give way for a new life in the spring.  

The coming together of people – friends and family singing, dancing, and playing the holi help rejuvenate and strengthen the body.

However nowadays the colors to play Holi are no more skin-nourishing ubtans rather they pose a serious threat to the skin and the human body.  The synthetic colors comprise toxic substances like lead, chromium, mercury, copper sulfates, etc which can cause serious damage to the skin, hair, eyes, and other vital organs inside the body.

With the industrial revolution, different chemicals have made their way to make different holi colours. The market has flourished with cheap – cost effective herbal, natural, food colours to appeal the consumer against the growing awareness about the side effects of synthetic colours. And often what’s sold on the name of herbal or natural may contain synthetic ingredients in it.  

So today we bring to you the true picture of different colours prepared from the different parts of the plant like rose, hibiscus, turmeric, marigold,  camphor, mint

The plant-derived colours are never as bright as the so-called natural colours usually found in the market. Hence it is better to use homemade colours or sources from a genuine herb or kitchen spice supplier whom you can really trust.

Make Holi color at home

  • Use about a 10-15 roses
  • Split the flower into petals and shade dry the petals.
  • In about 3-4 days the petals will dry completely. If needed, you can run the fan to dry the petals quickly.
  • Grind the petals in the mixer grinder.
  • Sieve it using a mark in/cheese piece of cloth
  • Here you can replace the rose with marigold, neem leaf, bougainvillea, calendula, etc. to get different colors.

Holi is a festival to ease the transition discomfort with its different rituals.  Celebrate Holi the traditional way and promote good health.


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  1. NS Punia

    Excellent. Time has come to say good by to all chemicals which spoils skin and even health of the human being as well as animals.
    These chemicals ultimately reach upto depth of soil water and polluting everything we grow .