Colours of Earth (Mitti ke Rang)

Project Roohie # 2

Prerana’s story:

I always had tremendously oily scalp and face. I started battling painful acne even before entering my teens. A lot of good homegrown literature, especially short stories, would describe teenagers with acne-prone skin. Funny how hormones regulated both state of body and mind and identities!

So it was almost a miracle when I first learnt about Fuller’s earth (multani mitti) late in my teens. Flashback to a 6 year old me when an uncle had explained the healing properties of the lakeside clay near his house. I also remember my paternal grandma always wash hands with clay and water.

multani-mitti

The thing I love most about multani mitti is its texture. Soft, sticky, cooling on the skin. Depending on how my skin feels or what I think it needs, I modify the mixture of clay with plain water, Rose water (gulab jal), milk, or curd (dahi). On greasy days, I wash my face with it; it acts as a mild scrub and cleans off all grime. And when I crave for some good hydration, I mix a tablespoon of clay with gulab jal and aloevera juice, and let the mixture sit on for 5-10 minutes. Then wash off gently and pat skin dry.

(My skin started rejecting chemically doused products even before I got into a routine. A lot about how your skin feels and looks has to do with fluid intake and diet, importantly. Everything takes time to heal, including the body. I have found my safe spot in skincare rituals from yore.)

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Prerana Choudhury in an independent researcher looking to digitally archive sustainable practices in traditional Indian cultures through her Instagram platform, House of Noorie.

Project Roohie is an archive of traditional and contemporary wellness tools and practices rooted in the aesthetics of organic living and sustainability.  We welcome recipes and regimes of selfcare, health, and diet from your family, community, and cultural lineages. This is a collaboration project undertaken by The Soul-Searcher with House of Noorie.

Send us your stories soon. Email us at thesoulsearcher.life@gmail.com

Happy Soul-Searching!

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Author: The SoulSearcher

The writer is a research scholar in English literature, an avid reader and sucker for life philosophies

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