Holi plays a vital role in fitness of human body
Holi Festival comes at a time when people get the feeling of tardiness. This is quite natural for the body to experiences some tardiness because of change in weather from cold to the hot in the atmosphere. To counter this laziness, people sing Songs (Phag, Jogira etc.) with Dhol, Manjira and other traditional instruments. This helps in rejuvenating the human body. Their physical movement while playing with colors also helps in the process.
Colours play vital role in fitness of human body. Deficiency of a particular color could cause an ailment and can be cured when that color element is supplemented either through diet or medicine. In ancient times, when people started playing Holi, the colours used by them were made from natural sources like turmeric, Neem, Palash (Tesu) etc. The playful pouring and throwing of color powders made from these natural sources has a healing effect on the human body. It has the effect of strengthening the ions in the body and adds health and beauty to it.
Plant based sources of colours
|Green||Mehendi and dried leaves of Gulmohur tree, leaves of spring crops and herbs, Spinach leaves, rhododendron leaves and pine needles|
|Yellow||Turmeric (Haldi) powder, Bael fruit, amaltas, species of chrysanthemums, and species of marigold, dandelions, sunflowers, marigolds, daffodils and dahlias, gram flour|
|Red||Rose or the bark of crab apple trees, Red Sandal wood Powder, feels of Red Pomegranate, flowers of Tesu tree (Palash), fragrant red sandal wood, dried hibiscus flowers, madder tree, radish and pomegranate|
|Saffron||flowers of Tesu tree (Palash), Mixing lime with turmeric powder creates an alternate source of orange powder, barberry|
|Blue||Indigo, Indian berries, species of grapes, blue hibiscus and jacaranda flowers|
|Brown||Dried Tea leaves, red maple trees, Katha|
|Black||Some species of grapes, fruit of Gooseberry (Amla)|
Tips: Before playing Holi
- Body: It’s also a good idea to apply a thick layer of moisturizer, petroleum jelly or coconut oil on your face and other exposed parts of the body to prevent colours from coming into direct contact with your skin.
- Hair: Oil your hair and scalp with olive, coconut or castor oil. Add a few drops of lemon juice to prevent dandruff and infection triggered by the chemical colours.
- Clothing: What you choose to wear should cover maximum parts of your body. Wear dark colour-full sleeves cotton clothes. Synthetic cloth would be sticky and denims would be heavy once you have a bucket full of colours/water splashed on you.
- Lips and Eyes: Don’t wear lenses. Mostly people are interested in applying surprise colours on your face and you may get your eyes hurt by the lenses. Use a sun glass to protect your eyes from a misfire of colour filled darts or water jets. Apply a lip balm for your lips.
- Water: Drink plenty of water before you start playing Holi. This will keep your skin hydrated. Also keep sipping water carefully while playing Holi.
- Bhang/Alcohol: Don’t consume bhang if you are a heart patient, excessive intake may lead to heart attack/failure.
Tips: After playing Holi
- Do not scrub the colour off with soap. Soaps contain esters that erode the skin layers and often cause rashes. Use a cream-based cleanser or you can even use oil for removing the colours, and then go for a bath. Apply a lot of moisturising cream to keep the skin hydrated.
- If the colours are still left on your skin you can apply besan with milk/milk cream on your body for removing colours.
- Don’t use kerosene, spirit or petrol to clean your face. Try a cream-based cleanser or baby oil.
- Don’t use hot water, it will stick the colour on your body. Use normal water.
- Stay away from sunlight till colour is removed.
- Itching in eye or redness may be normal but if it continues for more than few hours immediately contact with a doctor.
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