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.
- Adds radiance to the skin.
- Removes scars, pimples, blemishes and wrinkles.
- Useful in sun tan.
- Makes skin radiant and beautiful.
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.
- It can be used for Nasya also with Anu Tailam.
- Kumkumadi oil is also used for face-steaming and vaporization. 5-10 drops of it is added to water, boiled and steam is directed on face for 5 – 10 minutes.
How to use Kunkumadi oil for dark circles?
Take 5 drops of the oil on to your thumb. Gently rub over the dark circle area, 2 minutes each, in moon shaped movements, below the eyes. Do this for both the eyes. Wash off with hot water and soap.
Do this 2 times a day.
Dull and complexion less skin.
Pimple, acne scars
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.
Can Kumkumathi oil be used on newborn?
Kumkumadi taila can be used only after the baby is 6 weeks old. While applying it, You need to dilute 10 ml of Kumkumadi taila to 200 ml of Sesame oil (gingelly oil).
Before applying, take 2 drops and apply over arm and watch for development of any allergic skin rashes. If there are no rashes, then only proceed to use this mix for baby massage.
1. if I could use soap to wash off the Kunkumadi tailam 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?
1. Yes you can use soap to wash off. But if you wish, you can make your own bathing powder. Read here –
How to make herbal bath powders at home
2. If you have oily skin, using it at night is not a good idea. If you wish to do so, apply only a very little of the oil.
3. You can use soap, 5 – 10 minutes after applying the oil.
Q: I have oily skin. I used unjha kumkumadi oil for 1 week at night but no results are there…!!!
You might have to use it for at least one week to see some results.
Q: I have dry and very sensitive skin. Can i keep it on face the whole night ?
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.
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.
Q: do we need to wash after applying kumkumadi tailam for 15 20 minutes or we can also keep it overnight
If you are applying a thin layer of Kumkumadi taila, then you can leave it on face without washing.
Using Kumkumadi oil along with Nalpamaradi oil for fairness in babies.
A mix of Kumkumadi and Nalpamaradi oil works best for fairness of babies. Both of these oils are good for improving skin complexion and fairness. But they should be used only after testing it on a small area. Very rarely, using herbal oils can produce allergic skin reactions.
100 ml of Nalpamaradi oil, mix it with 10 ml of Kumkumadi oil. First, as a trial, apply only 3 drops of the oil over forearm. Mark the area and watch for any allergic reaction. If there is allergic reaction (red patches, itchiness), then consult a doctor immediately. If there is no allergic reaction, you can use it for massage. Take around 2-3 teaspoons of it, apply to whole body, leave it for 15 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water. Do it once or twice a week. You can also do it daily. Read more about Nalpamaradi oil
After applying Kumkumadi taila, can it be left over on skin?
If you are applying only a few drops of it, then it can be leftover on skin as it is. It acts as a natural moisturizer.
If you have very oily skin or if you have applied excess oil, you can remove it after 15-30 minutes.
Can I use soap water to remove it?
Yes, you can use soap and water to wash your face and remove it.
Companies that manufacture Kumkumadi Thailam
- AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. Ltd. – Packing – 10 ml
- AVP, Unjha Ayurvedic Pharmacy
- Arya Vaidya Sala – Kottakkal calls the same product as Kunkumadi tailam. Manufactured with the reference of Ashtangahridayam (given below)
Principle adopted in making this herbal oil:
In this herbal oil, the herbs are infused in the medium of sesame oil along with herb water decotion. Then the solid waste herb materials are filtered out. Thus, this oil contains oil soluble and water soluble phyto-active principles of medicinal herbs.
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 of Kunkumadi oil:
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 of Kumkumadi tailam:
This special herbal oil was prepared first by Ashwin Twins – The Gods of Indian medicine.
Mixing Kunkumadi oil with other face creams –
Many people mix a few drops of Kumkumadi oil with face creams for application.
Kumkumadi, being a very versatile oil, can be used this way. No problem.
Astanga Hridayam, 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 ॥
Kumkumadi Tail as ingredient in proprietary Ayurvedic medicines:
It is used as ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines such as –
UVA Acnovin Cream is a proprietary Ayurvedic medicine manufactured by Vasu Healthcare pharmaceuticals, Vadodara, Gujarat. Acnovin cream helps skin to glow like gold.