Kumkumadi Tailam – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects, Reference

Kumkumadi Tailam is Ayurvedic herbal oil used for face massage. It is helpful to improve skin texture, complexion and also to relieve skin problems such as acne, scars etc. Kumkuma means saffron, which is the main ingredient of this medicine. 

Kumkumadi Thailam Benefits: 

  • Improves skin complexion and texture.
  • Relieves blemishes, acne, acne scars, white and black heads, dark circle, sun tans, wrinkles.
  • It is a good face massage oil.
  • It has both cleansing and nourishing effect on skin.
  • It has anti aging qualities.


How To Use? 

  • Take just 3 -5 drops of the oil into your hands, apply a light coat of it evenly onto the face or to the acne area.
  • Do a gentle massage with your fingers.
  • Leave it for 10 – 20 minutes.
  • Wash off with hot water.
  • It can be used for 2 – 3 times in a day, continuously for a week. After that, it can be used once daily.


Kumkumadi Thailam, Kumkumadi Taila, Kumkumadi tail.

Kumkumadi Tailam side effects:
People with oily skin type should use it in small quantities, for not more than once  a day.
It is better to test this oil over a small skin area before starting using it. If you develop any rash / burning / itching sensation, avoid using it. Arya Vaidya Sala Kumkumadi taila caused such rash in one of my clients, who used it for dark circles.

Companies that manufacture Kumkumadi Thailam

  • AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. Ltd.  – Packing – 10 ml
  • Arya Vaidya Sala – Kottakkal, AVP, Unjha Ayurvedic Pharmacy

Kumkumadi thailam ingredients: 

48 grams of each of
Keshara – Saffron – Crocus sativus
Chandana – Pterocarpus santalinus
Laksha – Laccifer lacca
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
Madhuyashtika – Licorice
Kaliyaka – Berberis aristata
Usheera – Vetiveria zizanioides
Padmaka – Prunus cerasoides
Neelotpala – Nymphaea stellata
Nyagrodha – Ficus bengalensis
Plaksha – Ficus lacor
Kamala keshara – Pollen of Lotus – Nelumbo nucifera
Dashamoola – Group of ten roots –
Bilva – Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Gambhari – Gmelina arborea
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prinshnaparni – Urarica picta
Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum

water for decoction – 9.126 liters
Boiled and reduced to – 2.304 liters
12 grams of each of
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
Madhuka – Madhuca longifolia
Laksha – Laccifer lacca
Pattanga – Caesalpinia sappan
Yastimadhu – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Taila – Oil of sesamum indicum – 192 ml
Goat milk – Aja ksheera – 384 ml

Method of preparation – 
First set of herbs (except saffron) upto Dashamoola roots are added to water, boiled and Kashayam is prepared, filtered.
A big vessel is taken. The above Kashayam, sesame oil and herb powders From Manjishta to Yastimadhu, along with goat milk and sesame oil are added to vessel. Boiled in mild fire till the Thailam is prepared.

Traditional significance: 
This special herbal oil was prepared first by Ashwin Twins – The Gods of Indian medicine.

Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali – 60/115-120

कुङ्कुमं चन्दनं लाक्षा मञ्जिष्ठा मधुयष्टिका ।
कालीयकमुशीरञ्च पद्मकं नीलमुत्पलम् ॥
न्यग्रोधपदा: प्लक्षस्य शुङ्गा: पद्मस्य केशरम् ।
द्विपञ्चमूलसहितै: कषायै: पलिकै: पृथक् ॥
जलाढकं विपक्तव्यं पादशेषमथोद्धरेत् ।
मञ्जिष्ठा मधुकं लाक्षा पत्तङ्गमधुयष्टिके॥
कर्षप्रमाणैरेतैस्तु तैलस्य कुडवं पचेत् ।
अजाक्षीरं द्विगुणितं शनैर्मृद्वग्निना पचेत् ॥
सम्यक् पक्वं परं ह्येतन्मुखवर्णप्रसादनम् ।
नीलिकापिडकाव्यङ्गान् अभ्यङ्गदेव नाशयेत् ॥
सप्तरात्रप्रयोगेण भवेत्काञ्चनसन्निभम् ।
कुङ्कुमाद्यमिदं तैलमश्विभ्यां निर्मितं पुरा ॥

kuṅkumaṃ candanaṃ lākṣā mañjiṣṭhā madhuyaṣṭikā |
kālīyakamuśīrañca padmakaṃ nīlamutpalam ||
nyagrodhapadā: plakṣasya śuṅgā: padmasya keśaram |
dvipañcamūlasahitai: kaṣāyai: palikai: pṛthak ||
jalāḍhakaṃ vipaktavyaṃ pādaśeṣamathoddharet |
mañjiṣṭhā madhukaṃ lākṣā pattaṅgamadhuyaṣṭike||
karṣapramāṇairetaistu tailasya kuḍavaṃ pacet |
ajākṣīraṃ dviguṇitaṃ śanairmṛdvagninā pacet ||
samyak pakvaṃ paraṃ hyetanmukhavarṇaprasādanam |
nīlikāpiḍakāvyaṅgān abhyaṅgadeva nāśayet ||
saptarātraprayogeṇa bhavetkāñcanasannibham |
kuṅkumādyamidaṃ tailamaśvibhyāṃ nirmitaṃ purā ||

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. I recently bought kumkumadi tailum, I want to know
    1. if I could use soap to wash off the oil?
    2. I have oily skin on my face, so can I use the oil as night cream?
    3. Can I use soap after applying or before applying the oil?
    pls reply

  2. I have oily skin. I used unjha kumkumadi oil for 1 week at night but no results are there…!!!

  3. Can you tell me how much AVP’s kumkumadi thailam costs?
    I know that Kottakkal’s costs Rs 258.

  4. How is Ashtavaidhyan Thaikattu Mooss Vaidyaratnam one? It costs Rs.302 in Kerala, and Rs. 347 rest of India…

  5. hi i live in UK.i have very sensitive skin ..can i use khandige organic kumkumadi tailam ::?? is that good one ..

  6. hi..Thank u so much .. i hv purchased Kumkumadi Tailam ,i hv dry and very sensitive skin as i told u ..can i keep it on face the whole night ??? and plss also suggest where i can buy pure red sandalwood in India…

    • If you’re applying a very thin layer of the oil, then it can be left overnight. However, try it for a day or two and go by your experience.
      Red sandalwood should be available in any Ayurvedic herb selling shop. Or just ask in any Ayurvedic medical shop.

      • Thanks a lot Dr JV Hebbar,i hv started using kumkumadi tailam..lets see how it will effect my skin..all gud wic will happen will be because of u and ur post… all ur posts are really useful …thank u so much for ur help..

  7. i hv got pimples as well as scars…i am applying kumkumadi thailam for the last one month0
    but i do not see any difference..i apply at night and wash it the next day morning..tell me what to do?

  8. Can i consume a few drops of kumkumadi thailam in warm milk every night? what is the positive and negative impact of doing so?

    • Yes you can, but morning, 15 minutes before breakfast with lukewarm water or warm milk is a better choice. The positive – good for skin. Negative – if you take it at night, or with cold water, it may cause indigestion / worsening of cold symptoms.

  9. Hii I want to buy pure raktachandana powder..what i got here ,i think is not pure ,i got more pimples on my face.. could you please suggest me some more companies which sell pure raktachandana ..plss help me out…

  10. hi, i have oily skin with pimple marks on my face . how should i use kumkumadi tailam for best results ?

  11. What type of face cream and soap can be used daily after the use of kumkumadhi thailam

  12. Where all in Bangalore can i get Kumkumaadhi Thailam and wats the colour of the oil.

    • Hi, in any Ayurvedic Medical store in Bangalore, you can get it; Colour is – brownish – red. If not elsewhere, please try in Gururaja Ayurveda Pharmacy, opposite to Majestic Bus stand.

  13. k khatri says:

    sir when to mix safron in oil and how much quantity of oil will prepare from above mentioned ingredients

    • Hi, Saffron is added directly to the oil along with the herbal decoction (Kashayam) and the powders.
      The yield with the above mentioned quantities will be around 175 – 180 ml.
      As a rule of thumb, the final yield is usually 90 % of the oil that we take.

  14. sir i bought kumkumadhi taila from b.v.pundit’s traditional n herbal health centre which is mfd by The sadvaidyasala pvt ltd…my question is it original taila

  15. can i use kum kumadi tailam for hands??

  16. varshaa says:

    Sir i am between yellowish-medium fair colour. I normally wonder about keralites glowing and fair skin :) :) Can i use kumkumadi taila for getting fair skin? I read in your posts that eladi kera oil and nalpamaradi oil or also good to improve skin complexion. Can you pls suggest which is best for getting a fair, glowing complextion kumkumadi or eladi or nalpamaradi oil ?

    • Hi, Kumkumadi is the best (and costly)

      • varshaa says:

        Sir a thanks a lot for your prompt reply. You are doing an gr8 job!

        After applying the oil , can i wash the face with besan + lemon or is there any other suitable way to cleanse it to get complete effect. Will lemon cause any reactions with the oil.
        Thanks again.

        • kumkumadi tailam has basically 3 ingredients turmeric,saffron and sandal.
          But the costly kottakal ones have more than 10 ingredients most are secret unknown to common ayurveda companies.
          So don’t waste money buying low cost products or(don’t buy at all instead wash your face with pure turmeric and sandal paste rinse of with water after 25 minutes)

          • There is no secret with Kumkumadi tail. Because of long list of ingredients and less space available on the label to enlist them, some companies might be skipping a few ingredient names.

  17. manjunath says:

    how long it takes to clear the acne and scar

  18. where in delhi from I can get this oil?

  19. we should mix it with any face pack or anything

  20. himanshu says:

    hi, i m from rajkot & from where i can get kumkumadi tailam in rajkot (gujarat)

  21. Sumathy says:

    hi i have sensitive skin type so how i use this kumkumadhi oil. plz suggest to direction

    • Hi, Take 3 drops on to your finger tips. Gently massage in round shapes over your face for 5 minutes, leave it for another 10 minutes and wash off with hot water. Do this once or twice a day.
      By sensitive, if you mean allergic, please add a pinch of turmeric powder to 10 ml of Kumkumadi taila.

  22. I’m a marketing person used to travel much I’ve oily skin + dark spots caused by acne which I used to be picked in my teenage+dark complexion pl guide me what to do

    • Please apply Kumkumadi taila. Take 3 drops on to your finger tips. Gently massage in round shapes over your face for 5 minutes, leave it for another 10 minutes and wash off with hot water. Do this once or twice a day.

  23. hiii, i m from rajahmundry where cani get kumkumadi tailam

  24. Hi, can it be applied on to our lips to get back the original color

  25. manjunath says:

    since from two months i am using this oil still the brown patches on my nose and chicks present what shall i do

    • Sir,

      I have combinational skin .I have fair complexion but lot of freckles(brown spots) on my face.Can i use kumkumadi tailam?please let me know how should I use..before or after bath?


  26. hello sir, Thanks for the detailed info on kumkumadi. I would really love to try it. But please tell me if I can use it by mixing it with my regular night cream ( I use Forest Essential’s herbal night cream).

  27. sri where it can be available in tamilnadu?

  28. Hi,

    I have been using Kumkumadi tailam for more than 6 months now. I apply this before I go to bed and leave it overnight. For the last 2 days, my skin around the eyes has started becoming very dry and itchy. What should I do to overcome the dryness?

  29. I’m using kandamkulathy kumkumadi tailam for the past three weeks. before using it my skin was superb oily with less pimples,now oiliness reduced a lot. But now i’m getting a lot of pimples. I use it as night cream(5 drops). Should i continue using it?

  30. Hi Sir, I bought the Kumkumadi thailam from BV pundit,s and its in yellowish color, the oil smells like gingelly oil.the above comments says its costly but the one which i bought costs 150rs only. is it original?

  31. dicember 7, 2013 at 4.30pm


    I have using kumkumadi tailam few days now. my face was around the wang plz. answer my question..

  32. hi sir,

    I have been using kumkumadi tailam since 3 years and yes I have been enjoying its benefits,but my skin becomes very dry after its usage.Its like my skin starts to peel off and I need to keep using moisturisers every now and then.Please suggest me how do I overcome this problem.

  33. Hi Dr Hebbar. I would like to know about Kunkumadi Tailam manufactured by The Arya Vaidya Sala.

    1) When is the best time of the day to use it?

    2) I read another article regarding this product, that I can apply it before going to bed and washing it off in the morning when I awake, can this also be done?

  34. Sir Am using kum kumadi tailam…on 1st time I applied 10 drops on to my face directly..is there any side effects…Plz tell me sir

  35. I m at lucknow , I m searching kumkymadi telam , but I m unable to find it . Plz guide me from where I can buy this product…

  36. Govindaraj says:

    i have oily brownish skin.My face have acne since 5 years back.Now these acne becomes black scar and pores.Can i use Kumkumadi thailam to cure my acne scars.Please advise me.

  37. Hi Dr. Im new mom of 2 month old twins. Now my face is full of pimples n acne .. Can i use this oil? How and when? I have oily skin..

  38. How is kumkumadi tailam (AFI)? It costs Rs.115 per 12 ml ,manufactured by vyas pharmaceuticals.

  39. hi sir, i am 23 years. can kumkumadi lepam be applied for acne scars/black spots on the back? how to use it?… should it be taken with some diet

  40. MRS.JYOTI MEHRA says:


  41. Dr im having honey in warm water on empty stomach for weight loss so can i use some drops of b v pandit”s kumkumadi taila into the same glass ?

  42. neelima says:

    hi sir!!!recently i had heard abt using kum kumadi tailam enhances skin tone on face.
    i have smoother skin with few old pimple dark spots and also un even skin tone!!!!!!
    can i use kum kumadi tailam for best results with getting face radiance….. u’r suggestion will help me!!!!!

  43. can any skin type can use kum kumadi tailam?i have a normal skin toned,,having darkness on my chin and forehead!!!using kum kumadi tailam will give good results????
    waiting for u’r reply…..

  44. instead of using kum kumadi tailam for pimples ,,,can i use it for skin lightening and color improvement as a beautifying agent!!!!reply plzzzzz


    • Hi,
      a few drops of Kumkumadi oil can be used for massaging. After massaging, it can be washed off with warm water.
      This can be used after scrubbing, but before applying face mask. Hope it helps

  46. My cousin was very dark colour but since 3 years she will become fair and glow… when i asked for reason for her changes…. she wont gave any answer to me about her cream… she has very radient, glowing skin…. so i think she is using kumkumadi thailam…. please suggest me…. sir…. which one is best kerala kumkumadi thailam or vasu kumkumadi tailam …..

  47. Comparing to other company product keral kumkumadi thailam is best.. u know….

  48. Sir i have dry skin my hands are too dark and too dry than whole body can i use kumkumadi thailam on my hands for improving colour and avoid dryness

  49. hi im from chennai… where i can get this?

  50. Dear Dr.,

    Last 1 week, i have used Kumkumadi thailam. Also my skin is oily. Now i got more pimples in my face. Pl give your suggestions.

  51. where can i buy this product in coimbatore.?

  52. Hi, Can kumkumadi tailam be used for baby? My child is 3 months old. Please let me know.

    • If you do oil massage to baby, before daily bath, with sesame oil, you can mix 10 ml of Kumkumadi taila to 250 ml of sesame oil, mix it well and use this oil mix for massage. AVoid contact with ear and eyes.
      As a measure of precaution, after preparing the mixture, apply 5 drops of this oil mix to leg and see if the baby develops any skin rash, if so, avoid applying it and consult baby’s doctor for relieving skin rash.

  53. May i use face wash to wash my face before apply this kumkumadi thailam.?

    • Better to use the face wash, 30 minutes after applying this.
      Better to apply Kumkumadi tailam directly on the skin, as the first step of treating face. This gives direct contact of the oil over the face, yielding maximum benefits.

  54. Dhanalakshmi says:

    Hi Sir

    How to apply kumkumadi tailam and kumkumadi lepam and what is the difference between these two items?
    Kumkumadi lepam can be applied in night?

    • Hi, Kumkumadi lepam is just a saffron based face cream. This does not contain Kumkumadi taila. It can be used as any face cream. better not to apply it at night.
      Kumkumadi tailam is the genuine one. – Method of application:
      Take 5 drops in to your finger tips gently rub it on to your face for 5 minutes, wash off with warm water. Do this one – two times a day for 3 weeks.

  55. Hi Dr.,
    I am using Kottakkal arya vaidhyasala’s product. . Can i use this thailam for my 3.6 yr old daughter. . her skin is dry and is very sensitive. .most of the baby products are not suiting her skin. Skin specialist said that she has eczema and prescibed few oinments but i cant see any results. .Thank you.

    • Take 250 ml of sesame oil mix it with 10 ml of Kumkumadi taila – mix well. You can use this oil for daily massage before bathing. However, just to check for any allergic reaction, apply a drop of the oil on the baby’s skin and watch for 10 minutes, if there is no any reaction, you can continue. If there are any allergic rashes, consult a doctor immediately. Usually it is well tolerated.

  56. Due to certain hormonal medications I had to take as part of medication,those medication are no more needed,but see freckles caused by them Can I use kumkumadi thalami to get rid of them,

  57. Aaisha says:

    Hello Doctor,
    Can I use this oil for my one year old daughter for complexion ?

  58. Hello Doctor…i m bit dark in complexion 24year old gal….i cant tell my skin type but any thing i use it reacts badly….will kumkumadi tailam help me get good complexion with even tone ?

  59. Abhirami says:

    HI Dr. i see some brand of kumkumadhi tailam in homeshop18.com. Please let me know whether this brand is also good for usage. Link is http://www.homeshop18.com/product/loadItem?itemId=32030433&catalogueID=2

  60. Can kumkumadi tailam be mixed with any other oil and applied? I have sensitive skin easily proned to sunburns. Please suggest.

  61. i live in kolkata. I m searching kumkymadi telam , but I m unable to find it Plz guide me from where I can buy this product.

  62. i m in Malaysia, from which outlet / agent i can buy this product from? tq

  63. hii sir!!!! i have been using kottakkal kunkumadi thailam about 2 months continuosly…for removing my old pimple marks and for darkcircles under eyes……but i have no result!!!!!
    moreover i got small pimples!!!!!can u help me with your suggestion……!!!

  64. hii sir,,,, can u please inform “how kottakkal kumkumadi thailam should be used correctly?”.

  65. Great article sir.
    1) Can I apply Kumkumadi Tailam in the morning, go for a jog (outdoor), and wash it off.

    2) At the moment, I’m applying almond oil to deal with dark circles. I just use it in place of moisturizer, day & night. Where does Kumkumadi Tailam stand against that?
    I see some improvement with Almond oil but it’s been almost 1 year since I started using it.

    • 1. You can apply it before jogging for sure. Apply very thin layer of Kumkumadi, before going for jogging.
      2. I rate Kumkumadi tailam higher than olive oil, for face.

  66. Hi Sir,

    i have acne scars on my face and black dark circles. Please tell me if this tailum will help clear the scar marks and dark circles.

  67. hi sir
    im from Iran and i have different question. which kind of medicine are good for cataracts ?would you please let me know then name ,and how long take time it effect ?thanks a lot

  68. sir my next question is that,i got kumkumadi lepan it is yellow color .is it good also for black shades and black spots ?how i can apply it?

    • Kumkumadi lepa (cream) is just a saffron in cream base, and is different than Kumkumadi taila (oil)
      Yet, it might be useful to you. You can use it as regular face cream, once a day.

  69. I recently got a 200 ml of organic kumkumadi tailam from ebay? Im not sure if its the original product or not? Similar product i have used earlier also and i got that from a desi dawakhana store..the smell and color is spot on same .its been 5 days i’m using this product..can yoj tell me for how long i’ve to wait to get the desired result? I m tanned and have severe pigmentation..

  70. Dear Doctor,
    I am 27 yrs old single working women. I have sensitive skin with acne problem & even facing problems like tanning,dark circles,wrinkles.I am really in fear since I am not so aged to face such problems.I am very much interested to go for this product but I would like to know your suggestion which would be helpful.Will it would work as an anti ageing solution too.I am using yogurt along with vitamin e cream but I am scared to use for longer since it can have side effect on my skin.I am even having pigmentation around my eyes which are very much visible.So please help??

  71. Hi.. am using kumkumadhi thaila from past one week.. n my marriage is in next week.. cud I go with facial and bleech does it cause any side effects..

  72. hii! i hav e used many ayurvedic creams but it didnt worked.i have wheatish complexion but i want more fair complexion.will it really help me and wil give results in few weeks

  73. Sandhya Bista says:

    Where can we buy kumkumada tailum in Nepal?

  74. Sir, i have open pores on face will kumkumadi tailam help in shriking them ?

  75. Hello sir , I m using kumkumadi Thailam of arya vaidhya pharmacy( coimbatore) for dark circles , reducing lip pigmentataion and for improving skin complexion please tell me about this brand is original or not. This brand kumkumadi thailam help me to overcome my skin problems.

  76. Hi. I got dry skin due to winter.. I want to use kumkumadi thailam as a night cream…so how should i use it ? Should i mix it in my moisturiser or just the oil is enough ?

  77. Hi Sir, How to use Kunkumadi Thailam and after using thailam can i clean face with soap??

  78. Hello Sir, i wanted to ask ifKumkummadi tailam by Vasu brand original? Is it a good brand? Or kottakal Arya Vaidhyasala one is better?
    Also, is there a way of ordering Arya Vaidhyasala’s kumkummadi tailam online in Delhi.

    Thank you

  79. Hi doctor…I am from delhi and 24 yrs of age and i hv started using kumkumadi tailam for past one week…i hv dry skin and it seems after using d oil my skin has become drier than before …i use kumkumadi tailam by maharishi pharmaceuticals…is this genuine?…what can i do to overcome the dryness in the product…?…can i mix something with kumkumadi tailam so that it does not dry out my skin??

  80. Hello Doc,
    I am a frequent visitor to your blog to find out about herbs and effects of those. I bought this kumkumadi tailum from Ahmedabad, is where i live and I bought it from Lallubhai Vrijlal Gandhi’s Shop. He is a well known person in ayurveda here. So do u think the formulation of the oil what is available here in Gujarath and in Kerala will be same? Why i am asking is because, First ingredient they listed was sesame oil, water and something else after that.. So kindly clear my confusion. I did use to confess, noticing the glow on my face already and will continue to use till i get my hands on some kerala ayurveda brand..

    • Hi, If the company is a GMP certified company (Good manufacturing practice), then it is reliable. Just look at the label. It should have ingredient list, manufacturing date, manufacturer address etc.
      There is no rule that Kerala medicines are better than those of rest of India. In my eyes, all are equally good.

  81. hi sir!!! I was using kumkumadi tailam from vasu healthcare above 2months to get rid of dark circles and to get fair complexion…..I did not saw any improvement till now!!! Will you please tell me Which brand of kumkumadi tailam should be used to get good result and How may days should be used???How it should be used correctly to get good complexion!!!!

  82. hi sir!!! I was using kumkumadi tailam from vasu healthcare above 2months to get rid of dark circles and to get fair complexion…..I did not saw any improvement till now!!! Will you please tell me Which brand of kumkumadi tailam should be used to get good result and How may days should be used???How it should be used correctly to get good complexion!!!!

  83. Sir, can i mix kumkumadi tailam with olive oil for face

  84. Hi
    Doctor sir

    After using this my eyes are burning a lot it becomes red myin is a oil skin, should i use it r stop plz assist me

  85. hello doctor, i have a lot of pimples on my face, please suggest me a good ayurvedic medicine ……

  86. Getting Married in 15 days and have got very dry and flaky skin and little acne on face. i am getting vyas kumkumadi tailam in market. Is it a safe company to opt for. please reply asap.

  87. ziakhanluv@yahoo.com says:

    where can i get this oil i am staying in dubai

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