Scientists make herbal gulal from flowersHoli

Virendra Singh Rawat

Ahead of the festival of colours ‘Holi’, scientists have prepared a range of skin-friendly herbal gulals made from flowers.

One of the herbal gulals has been prepared from ‘Kachnar’ flowers and dedicated to the newly built grandiose Lord Ram temple in Ayodhya.

With the product, scientists of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR-NBRI) have sought to honour Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s vision to conserve the country’s rich tradition and heritage.

The botanists have prepared another herbal gulal variety from the flowers offered at the reverred Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur.

These gulals are available in lavender and sandalwood fragrances. The herbal gulal technology has been transferred to many companies and start-ups for commercial launch in the market.

Yesterday, NBRI director Dr Ajit Kumar Shashani presented herbal gulals to the CM at his official residence in Lucknow.

Lauding the initiative, Yogi said it will provide opportunities to start-ups and entrepreneurs while generating employment for the youth.

Kachnar was considered the state tree of Ayodhya in Tretayug. It is used as a well-established medicine in the Ayurvedic system of medicine.

Kachnar has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties. The gulal was developed from the flowers of Bauhinia species commonly known as Kachnar.

These products have been tested and are completely safe for human skin and eco-friendly.

These herbal gulals are not bright as it does not contain harmful chemicals like lead, chromium and nickel. The colours extracted from flowers are mixed with natural ingredients to form a powder that can be easily wiped off the skin.

Most chemical gulals available in the market contain harmful chemicals that can cause allergies, irritation and serious problems in the skin and eyes.

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