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

Kumkumadi Tailam is Ayurvedic herbal oil used for face massage. It is helpful to improve skin texture 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 texture.
  • Relieves blemishes, acne, acne scars, white and black heads, pimple marks, under eye circle, sun tans, wrinkles, mosquito bite scars
  • 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 and helps in improving lips skin.
  • Removes scars, pimples, blemishes, white heads and wrinkles.
  • Useful in sun tan and makes skin radiant and beautiful.
  • 10 ml of Kumkumadi + 100 ml Nalpamaradi oil when mixed and applied helps in improving the complexion.


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 and wash off with hot water
  • If you are applying a thin layer of kumkumadi taila then you can leave it overnight without washing.
  • 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.

For under-eye circle

Kumkumadi oil is also useful in 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 circles. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash off with plain water. Do this once or twice a day.

How to use Kunkumadi oil for under eye circles?
Take 5 drops of the oil on to your thumb. Gently rub over the 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.

Indication and Synonyms

Dull and complexion less skin.
Hyper-pigmentation, freckles
Pimple, acne scars
Wrinkled skin and menopausal spots
Scars, Freckles
Discoloured Arm Pits – apply few drops of kumkumadi oil with gentle massage, 30 minutes before bath.
It can be used in people of any age group.
A thin layer of this oil can be used as sunscreen.

Kumkumadi Thailam, Kumkumadi Taila, Kumkumadi tail.

Side effects

People with oily skin type should use it in small quantities, for not more than once  a day.
If you have naturally oily skin, applying excess of this oil can lead to increased oiliness and acne. 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.
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. 
It is known to cause allergic skin rashes in people with sensitive skin.
It does not have any long term side effect if used for long duration. 
In case if you develop any pimple even with application of few drops of oil then please avoid it.
Reported side effect – After using this oil (at night before sleeping) for a month, I am finding some patches and brown dots on my face which were never before on my face. I have dry skin. I use this oil on my hands also. before started using this oil, my hands feel had normal skin but not my hands feel extremely dry on the days i do not apply the oil.


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 after applying. 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.

Can it be used allover the body?

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 good skin health in babies.
A mix of Kumkumadi and Nalpamaradi oil works best for good skin health in babies. Both of these oils are good for improving skin health. 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.

Can it be applied all over the body?

Can it be kept over night?
Yes, if you have dry skin. Avoid if you have oily skin because it can increase oiliness.

Can i continue using this oil even after getting rid off my problems?
yes, in few drops and a good product oil should be selected

How long does the oil take to cure my skin problems?
It depends upon the skin problems, It may take 2-3 weeks to show the improvement.

Can I apply face cream after applying this oil?
Better to apply Kunkumadi oil first, wait for 30 minutes, wash off with warm water and then apply face cream.


  • Kama Ayurveda, Iraya, IMIS
  • AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. Ltd.  – Packing – 10 ml
  • Vasu Healthcare, AVP, Unjha Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Ashtavaidhyan Thaikattu Mooss Vaidyaratnam
  • Arya Vaidya Sala – Kottakkal calls the same product as Kunkumadi tailam. Manufactured with the reference of Ashtangahridayam (given below)
  • Kadamkulthy, Khandige, Zandhu, Charak,  Ratnavilas


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

First set of herbs (except saffron) upto Dashamoola roots are added to water, boiled and Kashayam is prepared, filtered.
Ratio of herbs and water is 1:8
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. Usually saffron is added to the oil – water mix, nearing to the end of boiling,
Sesame oil based Kumkumadi taila is best, as traditionally, it is mentioned to be prepared with sesame oil.

Traditional Significance and Reference

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.

Reference: Astanga Hridayam, Bhaishajya Ratnavali – 60/115-120

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.

Usage in oily Skin

For people with oily skin, only a few drops of Kumkumadi oil is applied and washed off after 10-15 in hot water.

Is there any use at all for the residual mass of herbs that remains after making oils like kumkumadi and bhringraj? 
No. Because they are heated for such a long period of time, all the nutritional value gets into the oil and the residue is useless.

During pregnancy

If you were using this oil before pregnancy without any allergic reaction, you can continue using this oil even during pregnancy. It is useful to prevent stretch marks.
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.

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

Facial hair growth

To relieve facial hairs, Kumkumadi oil – 10 drops is mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder and applied. Rub gently over the facial hair area. Wash off after 30 minutes.
Kumkumadi oil alone, when used, does not cause beard loss in men.

Keram, tailam difference

Kumkumadi keram is prepared with coconut oil base. It is a coolant oil.
Kumkumadi tailam is prepared with sesame oil base. It is slightly hot in nature. The rest of the ingredients are same in both.

155 thoughts on “Kumkumadi Tailam Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects”

    • 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.

    • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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?

  6. Namaste Doctor !! I Purchased Kama kumkumadi beauty fluid 4 days back and using it at night times. My face has lost its glow and become darker. I am 39 years female with dry skin. I see so many good reviews online about this product. But, why for me it didn’t work /

  7. 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

  8. 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…..

    • 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

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. 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..

  16. 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..