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Eladi Thailam Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Reference

Eladi Thailam is an Ayurvedic hair oil used for skin conditions.  This oil is formulated based on the Kerala Ayurveda principles. This oil is prepared with sesame oil base. But some companies do manufacture this in coconut oil base. Called as Eladi Keratailam, Eladi keram or Eladi coconut oil.  


Eladi Keram Uses

  • It is used in hair treatment for skin diseases like allergic dermatitis, ring worm infection, urticaria.
  • It is useful in scabies, erysipelas and cattarh.
  • It is also used to improve skin complexion and texture.
  • It is used for external application for skin detox treatment.
  • It is used in defective teeth, diseases of gums and mouth, ear ache and boils.

Doctors also use this for the treatment of
Dry skin
Eczema scars, Acne scars.

Application on feet

Oil application over feet

Precaution if you apply this oil over feet:
If you apply this oil on feet, make sure to wash off thoroughly with water or wipe off with cloth. The oil can make you slippery while walking.
After applying, make sure there are no oil spills on the floor. This can make the floor slippery.

Dark circles

Eladi oil is also useful in dark circles under eyes. Take a few drops of the oil onto the finger tips of index and middle fingers and apply gently beneath the eyes over the dark circles. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash off with plain water. Do this once or twice a day.

Effect on Dosha – Balances Vata and Kapha.


 Eladi Tailam, Eladi coconut oil, Eladi keratailam, Eladi kerathailam, Eladi Velichenna, Eladi Keram

How to use

  • It is only used for external application only It is not used for internal administration.
  • For skin diseases, it is applied over the affected area and left as such for minimum half an hour, before it is washed of.
  • For skin detox and to improve skin texture and complexion, it is used as a massage oil over face, and whole body.
  • Contact to the eyes is generally avoided.
  • Excellent for application on head in chronic catarrh.
  • This oil can be applied once or twice a day. If you are concerned about the oil being sticky and causing discomfort, consider applying the oil 1 hour before bath. In the evening, it can be applied, left on the skin surface and then washed off after 1 hour.


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.

Making an oil mix – 
Some doctors mix this oil along with other oils such as Nalpamraradi tailam, Manjishtadi tailam etc. This is very fine to do.


Eladi Thailam Thailam Ingredients:
Tila taila – Oil of Sesamum indicum / coconut oil
Paste of
Ela – cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Sthoola Ela – Amomum subulatum
Turushka – Hydnocarpus laurifolia
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Phalini – Callicarpa macrophylla
Mamsi – Nardostachys jatamansi
Jaladhyamaka- Coleus zeylanicus
Sprikka – Anisomeles malabarica
Choraka –  Angelica archagelica
Chochapatra – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Tagara – Valeriana wallichii
Sthauneya – Taxus baccata
Jati- Myristica fragrans
Rasa – Commiphora myrrha
Shukti – Ostrea edulis
Vyaghranakha – Capparis sepiaria
Marahva – Cedrus deodara
Aguru- Aquilaria agallocha
Shrivasaka – Pinus longifolia
Kumkuma – Saffron – Crocus sativus
Chanda – Costus speciosus
Guggulu – Commiphora mukul
Devadhupa – Shorea robusta
Khapura – Boswellia serrata
Punnaga – Calophyllum inophyllum
Nagahva – Mesua ferrea

Eladi Thailam Thailam References: 

  • Sahasra yoga – Tailayoga Prakarana

Eladi Thailam – Indications, ingredients etc

Shloka- Sanskrit Verse

Eladi Keram

एलायुग्म तुरुष्कर कुष्ठ फलिनि मांसी जलध्यामकम् ।
स्पृक्काचोरक चोचपत्र तगर स्थौणीय जातीरसा: ॥
शुक्तिव्याघ्रनखोमराह्वमगुरु: श्रीवासकं कुङ्कुम ।
चंडा गुग्गुलु देवधूपखपुरा: पुन्नाग नागाह्वय ॥
ऎलादिकोवात कफौ विषं च विनियच्छाति ।
वर्णप्रसादन: कण्डू पिटिका कोठनाशन: ॥

elāyugma turuṣkara kuṣṭha phalini māṃsī jaladhyāmakam |
spṛkkācoraka cocapatra tagara sthauṇīya jātīrasā: ||
śuktivyāghranakhomarāhvamaguru: śrīvāsakaṃ kuṅkuma |
caṃḍā guggulu devadhūpakhapurā: punnāga nāgāhvaya ||
ऎlādikovāta kaphau viṣaṃ ca viniyacchāti |
varṇaprasādana: kaṇḍū piṭikā koṭhanāśana: ||
Astanga Hridayam.


AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. Ltd,
Nagarjuna – Ealaadi Thailam
Vaidyaratnam Aushadhalaya, Kottakkal.

Baby massage oil

Eladi tailam as baby massage oil –
Eladi oil or Nalpamaradi oil are good for babies to improve skin complexion.
Before starting to use it daily, Apply a few drops of eladi oil over arm area of the baby and watch for 5 minutes for any allergic reactions such as red rashes, itching, burning sensation etc. if there are any allergic symptoms, it is best to avoid it. If there are no such symptoms, it is good to continue that product. This rule applies to all herbal oils for massage for babies.

Side effects

If you have naturally oily skin, applying excess of this oil can lead to increased oiliness. Hence, it is best to use this oil in small quantities.
In case of oily skin associated with open skin pores, it may worsen the condition, especially during winter. Seek your doctor’s advice.

During pregnancy, lactation

If you were using this oil before pregnancy without any allergic reaction, you can continue using this oil even during pregnancy.
If you have not used this product before and wish to use it during pregnancy, better to consult a doctor because it can cause skin allergy in some rare cases.
It is generally considered as safe to use during lactation, however consult your doctor for the right advice.

Can this product be applied after steam therapy?
No. Oil is best applied before steam therapy. This is as per basic Ayurvedic principles. 


A randomised, controlled, double blind pilot study has been conducted by Middlesex University to test the efficacy of Eladi oil on acne vulgaris.
Standardised lesion counting and acne grading were conducted in accordance with the guidelines of US FDA and with reference to the Leeds Acne Grading Technique.
The treatment group showed 42% improvement on the Investigators Global Assessment scale, a 60% reduction in inflammatory lesions, a 59% reduction in non-inflammatory lesions, and a 59% reduction in combined lesion count (1).

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
This article is written by Dr. Janardhana V Hebbar BAMS, MD (Ayu), PGDPSM, Managing Director, Easy Ayurveda Hospital.
It is reviewed by Dr. Raviganesh Mogra BAMS, MD (Ayu), Chief Medical Officer, Easy Ayurveda Hospital

129 thoughts on “Eladi Thailam Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Reference”

  1. Pls tell me eladhi cocunut oil freezing temperature now my room temperature is about 24deg but also oil is freezed am now in oman …no ac used now actually normal coconut oil is not freezed yet. May variation occur can occur for medicated oils or whtr its adulterated with paraffin wax pls reply

  2. I have heard that Eladi choorna works well for acne scars. Does eladi thaila also work as effiicient as choorna for the same? Coz oil is easier to use than the powder. Thank you!

    • Thank you 🙂

      Is there anything in ayurveda which can reduce sensitivity of skin to sun? My acne breaks out whenever I go out in the sun..

  3. Hi I do have a skin problem I had tried one cream called skinlite to get fair skin early stage it was gud bt after a month my skin became so dark and have got pimples…please someone suggest wat to do

  4. Namaste Madam, Nalpamaradi and Kumkumadi Taila combination.

    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.

  5. I am having skin infection/itching on head , i want to use eladi keratailam for hair . Medic told to apply oil on total head and keep it overnight. Is it ok to keep it overnight ?.

  6. Can eladi chooram powder left over night. What should be mixed with it to make it a paste and effective. How many times can we apply it on our face per day. Does applying more time will cause anything.

  7. I have used eladi thailam and it is great for removing pigmentation and dark spots. Infact its good for all sort of skin problems, its my fav apart from the smell it leaves on clothes later. now im in my first trimester pregnancy ,i want to know if its still safe to use it .

  8. Dr my son diagnosed with adhd….pls precribe the medicine to communication. ..awarness…education. …concentration. ..speech

  9. Hello Dr., I have been using malathyadi kera tailam for 3 plus years for traction aloepaecia. But no growth has been found in hair. Is it really effective?

  10. Is Eladi Sesame Oil useful for Sever skin psoriasis my Scalp an back is full of blotch & scaly white skin if okay to use how much to apply

  11. Hallo doctor. My 16month old daughter’s legs and hands are seeing rough, itches a lot I can see patches on itching areas reddish also.i consulted a dermatologist he said it is because of dry skin. He also prescribed a cream name FLUTISOFT. Using this cream it was all gone. But after one week it came back . The Same rough hard, reddish and very Itchy Skin. What should I do. I heard about nalpamaradi oil and eladi oil. Which is best for my daughter. Please suggest a good oil.

  12. Does this help in photosensitivity related pigmentation?
    Is there any cream or taila which is safe to apply in the morning before going out into the sun?

      • Thank you very much doctor.
        I had one more doubt. When it is applied in a thin layer as mentioned, does it need to be washed off? Can it be used in this manner as an after bath moisturizer?

        • If only a few drops is applied, as a thin layer and if the skin is dry, no need to wash off.
          If the skin is naturally oily, then better to wash off after 30-60 minutes.
          It can be used as moisturizer – just 3 – 5 drops.

  13. Dear doctor
    I have a deficiency of Vitamin D. My doctor asked me to apply mustard oil on my body for better absorption of Vitamin-D. As I am from Kerala, we have more of coconut oils here. Is there any product of Kotakkal or any other company which has mustard oil base? OR is Eladi thailam sufficient for my cause?

  14. Sir my mother has severe backpain and through x ray doctor said that the space in between vertebrae is less…is there any treatment for this problem?

  15. Hi Sowmya. I am in the same stage ageing 30 and having same problem. I went Sanjeevanam doctor and she suggested me a ayurvedic tablet and asked me to take pomogranate, moringa keera, badam and dates daily.

  16. will a combination of heated dinesa keram and eladi keram cause cold if left for half an hour on the body and washed with triphala and nilpamaradi powder. We told the doctor about the cold but he did not say to replace with thailam….

  17. Hello my son is just 23 days old and his face is darker compared to his body complexion.. Birth time complexion was very fair n after 2 weeks color faded. Can u suggest good ayurvedic oips to improve his complexion.

  18. Dr ,

    Which oil would be more beneficial for improving skin tone. Eladi oil or nalpamaradi for babies??
    Which brand of eladi or nalparamaradi oil can be used for babies.

  19. Hello dr,

    Can v use eladi kera thailam for mouth gravelling/oil pullingas it’s benefits says it is good for defective teeth?? Pls suggest

  20. Dear sir/madam
    Underarm hectic odour
    Can u suggest me a good treatment in ayurveda
    Undergoing past 8yrs
    Tried lot of english medicine gone waste
    If cureable please suggest me good medicine doctor

  21. Hi doctor, which oil is good for 1.5 month old baby. He has very dry skin. Eladi or nalpamaradi? Can i start these oils now or should I continue using virgin coconut oil?


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