This Holi Spread the Colour of Love and Care

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Holi is a great festival of Hindus and is celebrated by playing colours in many regions of the country. People celebrate this colourful festival with their friends and family members by spraying coloured water through pichkaris, eat sweets, visit temples and give blessing to the young ones. Holika Dahan or bonfire is an important event on this day. But the toxins and harsh chemicals of colours and smoke released from bonfires are responsible for causing several health issues like allergies to unknown allergens, bronchitis, cough, nasal irritation, allergies related to respiratory tract illness that trigger the onset of asthmatic attack. These colours are responsible for causing serious damage to the overall health which can be temporary or permanent. Synthetic colours are full of toxic heavy metals like mercury sulphide (red colour), lead oxide (black colour), aluminium bromide (silver colour), copper sulphate (green colour). Due to the contact with the harsh chemicals present in the toxic colours destroyed the texture of hair by making them dry, brittle and rough. Further, these colours also cause scalp irritation, dermatitis, eczema and many more. On this day people used to take bhang or cannabis in eatables and drinks, but this should not be taken in excess because it can cause neurological and psychiatric type of disorders. It increased the blood pressure and heart rate, including several neurological problems. To avoid these health related problems we should celebrate safe Holi.

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Points for Celebrating Safe Holi:

  1. Play Holi only in your friend circle and also do care of your friends.
  2. Don’t wear contact lenses while playing Holi.
  3. Only use natural or herbal colours rather than chemical colours.  We cannot say that these colours are safe, but on comparing with the chemical ones these are much safer. These days’ herbal or natural colours are easily available in the market e.g. Turmeric, Heena, arrowroot, kumkum, beetroot, hibiscus flowers, marigold flowers, tea leaves, etc. is used for making natural colours.
  4. Hair oil like coconut, olive, amla and castor should be applied on the scalp before playing Holi and can be immediately washed. This will protect the hair from being damaged.
  5. Before playing Holi applies oils such as sesame, coconut, olive, almond, castor or mustard on all over the body as these oils act as repellents.
  6. Apply lip balm or petroleum jelly for the protection of lips.
  7. For protecting the nails from toxic colours, apply nail paints that must be removed just after playing Holi.
  8. Use a mask during Holika Dahan.
  9. Don’t consume bhang on an empty stomach.
  10. Don’t play with balloons to avoid injuries.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing all the harmful and carcinogenic chemicals in colours. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Author: Spectro Labs

Spectro Analytical Labs Ltd. was established in the year 1995 with an objective to provide precise, accurate and reliable testing services to its customers. After having successfully completed more than 15 years in the field of providing testing and calibration services, we feel proud in sharing that during this period SPECTRO has played a pioneering role in creating for itself a globally recognized position in the field of material and analytical testing. Starting as the first lab in the country to give Direct Spectro analysis of metals (through the use of OES Spectrometers), today it has created capability to test and inspect all Engineering Materials, Building Materials, Minerals, Food & Agro Products, Rubber & Polymers, Coal, Coke & Petroleum Products and also Environmental Monitoring.