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Saffrom or orange colors are often referred to as 'kesariya rang' or 'narangi rang' in Hindi.
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Stimulating Saffrons

Saffron and orange colors are often associated with festivity, happiness, joyousness and optimism. These colors are also long associated with Hinduism. We bring you the tips to prepare the beautiful saffrons and oranges at home:

  • Grind dried or fresh mehandi leaves to get green-colored powder. It can be used as it is or can be made into the paste by mixing it with water. The color of this paste will be lovely orange to brown and be relatively permanent. It is healthy for skin and hair.
  • Add little turmeric and sandalwood powder to rose water to make a saffron color solution, which is very invigorating and freshens your victim in a minute.
  • Traditionally, flowers of the 'Flame of the forest', known as Tesu, Palash or Dhak in vernacular languages are soaked overnight in water. They are boiled to give a deeper yellowish-orange color solution. Lord Krishna used to play Holi with Tesu flowers that bloom during February or March. These flowers have medicinal properties too.
  • Boil petals of red silk-cotton flowers known as Semul in water to give beautiful saffron color solution.
  • Grinding the dried stalks of Harashringar or Parijatak flowers that bloom during the early winter season yield lovely orange gulal. To get wet saffron color, soak them in water overnight.
  • An excellent skin freshener can be prepared by soaking a few stalks of Saffron, known as Kesar locally, in two table spoons of water for few hours. Then grind them to a fine paste and dilute them with water to get the desired color. However, this preparation is expensive yet worth for its quality and fragrance.

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