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
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.