Lakshadi Oil (Thailam) Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Lakshadi oil is an Ayurvedic herbal oil, used in the treatment of fever and related bodyache. It is used for external application. This oil is prepared in sesame oil base.


Lakshadi oil uses:

Fever and headache.
Useful to promote bone, muscle and muscle strength.
Useful to relieve muscle and joint pain.

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.

Mode Of Usage

How to use Lakshadi Thailam?
It is used for external application only.
It is used in Ayurvedic therapies such as Abhyanga (massage).

How long to use?
Externally, it can be used for a very long period of time.

Side Effects

There are no apparent side effects with this medicine, on external application.
Keep out of sight and reach of children. store in cool dry place, away from direct sunlight.


Lakshadi Oil ingredients:
Taila – Sesame oil – Sesamum indicum – 768 ml
Aranala – Fermented gruel – 4.608 liters
Laksha – Laccifer lacca – 32 g
Haridra – Turmeric rhizome – Curcuma longa – 32 g
Manjishta – Indian Madder (root) – Rubia cordifolia – 32 g
In kerala, it is made with coconut oil base, in place of sesame oil. This oil is called Lakshadi kera thailam.

Ingredients as per Ashtanga hrudaya
Laksharasa – Laccifer lacca
Taila – sesame oil
Mastu – whey of curd
Ashwagandha, turmeric, Devadaru, Kaunti,
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Abda – Cyperus rotundus
Chandana – Sandalwood
Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata
Shatahva – dill

Shloka, Sanskrit verse

Reference, Expiry Date

Bhaishajya Ratnavali Jwara Rogadhikara – 346
Ashtanga Hrudaya, Uttarasthana, 2/54b-57a

Shelf life / expiry date –  Three years from the date of manufacture. Once opened, it is best to empty the oil within 1 year.


 Cholayil, Nagarjuna – Laakshaadi Thailam

Usage In Children

Usage of lakshadi taila in children for massage: 
Before applying this on children, at first a few drops of this oil should be applied over arm area. Watch for any allergic reactions such as redness, itching spots etc. If there are no allergic reactions, then it can be used as massage oil.

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. 

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34 thoughts on “Lakshadi Oil (Thailam) Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects”

  1. My kid had high bilirubin count due to which he was in ICU for 2 days. He was born fair but later on his color got a bit darker. I applied Nalpamaradi first. it didnt do much to his color. then I tried Lakshadi oil. It worked on his skin, his color has become lighter.

  2. Hi, Mamy was born with very fair color. But gradually his colour became dark and his skin becoming dry day by day. He is will be 2years this March. Please let me know if I can use this oil for message and if it will help his skin to get better. Also, can you help on the procedure to use it.

  3. Can this be used safely by adults for face massage.Since it promote growth of children, will it grow the facial bone.Or is it actually better to prevent the facial bone deterioration.Please help doctor.Can you suggest which is the best oil to massage face inorder to firm and tighten the face and prevent loose skin on face.

  4. Hello Doctor,
    My daughter is 3.5 years and has extremely dry skin. She was diagnosed by a dermatologist that she has atopic eczema, which has reduced. But the dryness prevails. Her scalp is also very dry which has increased dandruff. Will this oil help in reducing dryness? Also should I use soap or shower gel to rinse off the oil?
    Best Regards

      • Really appreciate for an immediate response.Thanks. My son (2year old now) using this since last 6 months. He is having mild trunkal hypotionia. He also take balatel orally 12 drops daily in the morning. He has imoroved a lot. We believe both these oil benifited him along with a routine physiotherapy. He now walk, run climb stairs etc. Any ayurvedic massage therapy need for him?
        Kindly revert. Thanks in advance

  5. Hi dr can I mix with nalpamaradi with lakshadi kera tailam for my 18 month old baby she have eczema and her face is far and body bit dark plus rply

  6. For baby
    Can we mix lakshadi and Nalpamaradi for skin complexion. Along nalpamaradi does not work and kumkumadi is expensive.
    For me
    Can I add dhurdhurapathrathy with kunthalakanthy (kottakkal)

  7. Is lakshadikera tailam and Nimbamritadi Eranda Tailam mixed in the ratio 100 ml + 25 ml good for sinusitis.


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