The festival of colours is round the corner. It is the time to smear others with vibrant colours and get smeared too. But beware. Toxic chemicals in colours could cause skin or eye infection, warn doctors. According to doctors, artificial colours have solvents such as tetracycline, lead, benzene and aromatic compounds that can result in dry skin. Dark colours like red, black and green have a high content of mercury sulphite, lead oxide and copper sulphate, which could cause cancer. You may also develop rashes and allergy; hair could turn brittle and dry if not washed immediately after the colour is applied. Here’s how you can go natural this Holi.
If you want to enjoy Holi without the risk posed by artificial colours, try home-made natural colours like haldi which give the yellow colour; it can be mixed with besan or gram flour to increase volume. Flowers like marigold or yellow chrysanthemums can also be crushed to get yellow colour. Henna and leaves of Gulmohar can also be dried and powered to get a lovely green, and dried rose petals can be substituted for red. Dried flowers available in the market can be soaked overnight or boiled to get saffron colour. The herbal and organic colours, which are made from extracts of flowers, tree barks and leaves, do not cause any harm when in contact with the skin and are in high demand in the market. Watch the video to know how to prepare more such Holi colours. Here are expert tips to protect your eyes this Holi.
The danger, however, lies not just in colours. Water balloons thrown haphazardly can potentially harm the eyes and cause chemical conjunctivitis, corneal abrasion (scratch on the cornea) and corneal burns. Therefore, when somebody is spraying watercolours on your face, keep your eyes shut. Ophthalmologists also warn people wearing contact lenses to desist from wearing them if there is a possibility of being smeared with colour.
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Published: March 10, 2017 3:06 pm