Yashtimadhu Oil – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Yashtimadhu Oil is an Ayurvedic medicine in. It is an herbal Taila preparation used in the treatment of hair fall and baldness. This oil is prepared with Sesame oil base. 


  • It is used in the treatment of hair fall, and baldness. It promotes hair growth.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances kapha.

How To Use

It is used for an Ayurveda Panchakarma therapy called as Nasya (nasal instillation of drops of the oil)

How long to use: It can be used upto 1 – 2 months based on doctor’s prescription.

Side Effects

The Nasya procedure should only be undergone under strict medical supervision.
There are no known side effects with this oil on external application.
Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a cool dry place.


तैलं सयष्टीमधुकैः क्षीरे धात्रीफलैः शृतम् ।
नस्ये दत्तं जनयति केशान् श्मश्रुणि चाप्यथ ॥
(भैषज्यरत्नावली, क्षुद्ररोगचिकित्सा, 60/146)
tailaṃ sayaṣṭīmadhukaiḥ kṣīre dhātrīphalaiḥ śṛtam |
nasye dattaṃ janayati keśān śmaśruṇi cāpyatha ||
(bhaiṣajyaratnāvalī, kṣudrarogacikitsā, 60/146)


Yashtimadhu Oil ingredients, how to make:

Sl noSanskrit nameBotanical nameParts usedQuantity
1TilatailaSesasmum indicumOil768 ml
2KsheeraCow milkMilk3.072 liters
3YashtimadhuGlycyrrhiza glabraRoot192 g
4DhatriEmblica officinalisFruit382 g
Water for decoction (for Dhatri) – 12.288 liters, boiled and reduced to 3.072 liters, filtered.

All the ingredients are mixed and boiled till total moisture is lost from the oil, filtered.

Reference and Shelf Life

 Bhaishajya Ratnavali 60/146

Shelf life: 3 years from the date of manufacture.

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. 

25 thoughts on “Yashtimadhu Oil – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects”

  1. Hi Dr. Hebbar
    Your posts are really informative and using these ancient ayurvedic remedies is so much better than using store bought products which are so full of chemicals. I have a few questions regarding yashtimadhu oil.
    How come yashtimadhu was not added while making kasahyam ? and what is the purpose of the milk? You had said in another post that licorice is used in kumkumadi tailam. Is this how licorice is added to Kumkumadi tailam? If so, can we benefit from licorice’s skin brightening properties by using this oil topically?

  2. I like to know from your stand point, can this oil be made as easily as it sounds? Or, where if any can it be purchased here in the USA. I need this particuarly for losing hair due to Systemic Lupus that is a major side effect. Thanks

  3. After using yastimadhu I am getting itching. ..should I continue with this product. …I am applying for my hand , face , and body

    • Madam, If you are getting reactions to it please do stop.

      Note: Please do consult a ayurvedic physician before taking over the counter medication. Because we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated.

  4. Dear, Dr. Hebbar! Namaste!
    ***Yashtimadhu Oil ingredients, how to make:

    Sl no Sanskrit name Botanical name Parts used Quantity
    1 Tilataila Sesasmum indicum Oil 768 ml
    2 Ksheera Cow milk Milk 3.072 liters
    3 Yashtimadhu Glycyrrhiza glabra Root 192 g
    4 Dhatri Emblica officinalis Fruit 382 g
    Water for decoction (for Dhatri) – 12.288 liters, boiled and reduced to 3.072 liters, filtered.
    All the ingredients are mixed and boiled till total moisture is lost from the oil, filtered.

    ***Water for decoction (for Dhatri) ***– 12.288 liters – What about Yashtimadhu? Should we put it in the samе decocotion? And If i have fresh Amla (Emblica officinalis) 382g is ok? Or i should take more for fresh plant?

    So, we will have 3, 072 liters of herbal decoction reduced and 3,072 liters of milk and put in to sesame oil (6L?) and boil until all water evaporates?

    May I substitule cow’s milk with goatmilk? I have plenty fresh just milked goatmilk (what could be better) and only processed store bought cow’s milk? I understand properties of cow’s milk and goatmilk and the importance to follow the recipe as it was written, I just want to know your opinion.

    God bless you!

    • Hi,
      yashtimadhu is also put into the water along with Dhatri for decoction. Around 50 grams of it can be added as powder-paste into the decoction, oil mix while preparing oil.
      As a rule, if fresh herb is available in place of dry, the quantity is to be double. But in practice, you can increase the quantity of fresh amla just a bit.
      Sesame oil quantity taken is only 768 ml. Ultimately, you will get around 725-750 ml of final product.
      You can substitute cow milk with goat milk.

  5. Hello,

    I have long hair and its thinning and so may grey hairs, please recommend oil to prevent hair loss and .grey hair.


  6. Hello doctor, Namaskar,
    I am an performing artist(classical dancer). Since last few months I m going through bad knee pain. My MRI shows nothing but, a small cyst. Is there any cure/remedy for?
    Please do let me know..
    Thank you,

    Jayanthi Eshwarputhi

  7. The general formula for medicated oil preparation is 1:4:16 of kalka: oil: decoction. How is this formula being applied here ?


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