Since times immemorial, people have experimented with the herbs and natural ingredients around them and tried to infuse their goodness into one powerful potion.
Ayurveda too, has one such recipe that’s passed over generations as a beauty secret.
Described as ‘Miraculous Elixir’; it’s said that massaging your face with it at night will make your face ‘glow like gold.’
This beauty potion is none other than Kumkumadi Tailam.
It is considered Ayurveda’s invaluable gift to mankind for its uncanny ability to eradicate skin-related issues and bring out the skin’s natural glow. The name Kumkumadi comes from one of its key ingredients - red-gold Saffron, which is known as Kumkuma in Sanskrit.
In this article, we’ll look at the main benefits of Kumkumadi oil, its ingredients, how to apply it, and answer the major questions around its usage. First, let’s get down to the basics.
Made entirely from natural herbs and oils, Kumkumadi Oil (also called Kumkumadi Tailam) is an Ayurvedic facial oil. It provides cosmetic as well as therapeutic effects for the skin without causing any damage. Besides nourishing the skin, it also works as a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.
The most valuable benefits of Kumkumadi Tailam are:
But how is this oil capable of offering so many benefits?
Well, the secret lies in the ingredients used to prepare it. There are many powerful, natural and Ayurvedic Kumkumadi oil ingredients that provide unique benefits for our skin. We’ll look at those ingredients in the later section of the article.
One effective Kumkumadi Tailam facial oil is Kama Ayurveda’s Kumkumadi Miraculous Beauty Fluid Night Serum. It is prescribed in Ayurveda for glowing complexion and even skin tone, among many other Kumkumadi Tailam uses and benefits.
Below are three steps to use Kumkumadi oil in the form of our Kumkumadi Oil-based night serum. Follow this regime to brighten and treat dull, pigmented, damaged and aging skin.
Begin with cleansing your face as usual at night. After cleansing, dampen your skin with Pure Rose/Mogra/Lavender/Vetiver water.
Take (2-3 drops) of Kumkumadi Night Serum on your palm, apply over the face with fingertips and gently massage onto the skin until fully absorbed.
Allow the Kumkumadi Night Serum to work overnight for the best results. Wash it next morning with a mild natural cleanser.
Here are the video instructions that explain how to use this Kumkumadi Oil.
Kumkumadi Tailam is prepared from a herbal paste of over 21 herbs. Almost all the Ayurvedic herbs useful for skin are used as Kumkumadi oil ingredients. These ingredients are first made into a decoction. Then, sesame oil is added as the base oil to absorb the potent energy of the herbs.
Here, let’s have a look at the Kumkumadi Tailam benefits provided by each of these ingredients.
The most well-known ingredient of Kumkumadi Tailam is Saffron (Keshara), which is fabled for its ability to transform your skin tone. By rejuvenating the skin cells and promoting blood circulation, it brightens the complexion.
Another ingredient with the same function is Sandalwood (Chandana) derived from fragrant wood of the Sandalwood tree. It contains skin lightening agents with soothing properties that make the oil suitable for application even in summers.
If you want to use Kumkumadi Tailam for skin whitening or brightening, you can rely on these ingredients to naturally bring out a glowing complexion.
Kumkumadi Tailam uses are not limited to skin brightening. If you’ve any skin conditions like blemishes, or certain kinds of bacterial or fungal infections, you can heal them naturally by using Kumkumadi Oil.
The oil gets its antifungal properties from Lac (Laksha). It’s derived from the resinous secretion of lac insects and proves extremely useful in treating skin infections.
Note - Kama’s preparation of Kumkumadi Miraculous Night Serum is 100 percent organic, and cruelty-free and no animals/insects are harmed in the process of sourcing Lac.
Along with Lac, many other Ayurvedic ingredients present in the oil help in skin healing.
Derived from a perennial climber growing in the Himalayas, Indian Madder (Manjistha) provides antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Extracts from Sappan Wood or Indian Redwood (Pattanga) and Pollen of Lotus flower (Kamala Keshara) give Kumkumadi Tailam healing properties and treat conditions like skin inflammation.
One of the most critical functions of Kumkumadi Oil is in treating discoloration and pigmentation of the skin. A natural skin lightening Ayurvedic ingredient, Licorice root extract (Madhuyashtika) in Kumkumadi Oil inhibits the enzyme that causes pigmentation in response to sun exposure. It also helps in diminishing the dark pigmentation resulting from scars.
Wild Himalayan Cherry (Padma), Leaves of the Banyan tree (Nyarodhna) and Vetiver roots (Usheera) present in Kumkumadi Tailam are other Ayurvedic herbs that are effective in brightening the complexion and treating skin discoloration revealing a smoother, younger-looking complexion. These ingredients make Kumkumadi Oil a popular Ayurvedic medicine for hyperpigmentation.
Dark spots, a common condition associated with skin pigmentation, can also be treated naturally by using Kumkumadi Thailam.
However, if you’re looking for getting rid of tan from all over your body, then Nalpamaradi Thailam is recommended.
Do you have oily skin? Are you worried that using Kumkumadi Tailam as a facial oil will make your skin even more oily? While many facial oils are not suitable for oily skin, Kumkumadi oil has unique ingredients that are appropriate and also beneficial for oily skin!
Take, for instance, Indian Barberry (Kaliyaka) present in Kumkumadi oil. The herb is known for its ability to reduce the production of skin lipids (or sebum). This ingredient makes the oil perfect for unclogging pores, taming oily skin and preventing acne.
The extract from the seed of Blue Lotus (Neelotpala) is also present in the oil. This extract is a natural moisturizer that results in glowing skin by balancing oiliness and preventing breakouts. Not only this, the musky scented Mahua (Madhuka) flowers used to prepare the oil provides it with cooling properties and the functionality as a skin toner.
However, note that just using just one or two drops of the oil is enough when you’re using it for oily skin type.
Kumkumadi Tailam is perhaps the most hydrating and nourishing facial serum that you can choose for your skin.
Do you know why? It’s because a concoction prepared from 10 powerful Ayurvedic roots from plants like Bael and Indian Trumpet Flower, known as Dashamool, is present in Kumkumadi Oil. Due to this, the oil is effective in treating excessive dryness of the skin.
Next, let’s clear a few of the most common questions around the oil.
Can it be used for oily skin? What about sensitive skin? Are there no side effects? Even while using the best Kumkumadi Tailam, you can have some doubts in mind. We’ve covered all of them below. Let’s start by checking the suitability of the oil for dry skin types.
(Note: These answers are specific to Kumkumadi Thailam in the form of Kama Ayurveda’s Kumkumadi Oil Miraculous Beauty Night Serum.)
Kumkumadi Oil is a natural moisturizer that uses Sesame oil as the base oil. It balances dry and rough skin by virtue of its Vata pacifying nature. Hence, it is useful for dry skin. You can increase the number of drops to 4-5 if your skin is dry.
Yes, Kumkumadi Tailam is suitable for oily skin. However, the most common disclaimer attached to the oil is don’t over-use Kumkumadi Tailam if you have oily skin. It is inadvisable to keep a thick layer of this oil at night. Reduce the number of drops to 1-2. Leave it on for one or two hours and then wash off with a mild cleanser.
Kumkumadi Oil is not suitable for acne-prone skin. You can check our Anti-Acne Skin Care range for acne-related issues.
For sensitive skin, patch testing is recommended. Start with less quantity for a shorter duration and gradually increase it. Hydrate and tone with Rose Water in case you have oily and sensitive skin and with Mogra Water in case of dry and sensitive skin.
Try using Kumkumadi oil and your night cream on alternate nights. If you experience any skin issues, then it’s best not to mix the two.
Due to the presence of real Saffron, Kumkumadi oil is not suitable for use in the daytime. If used during the day, there is a high chance of getting a tan.
You need to apply the oil regularly for at least three weeks to see results.
To prepare Kumkumadi Tailam at home, take a coarse powder (48 gm each) of all the herbs mentioned under the key ingredients (Kwath Dravya) except Manjistha, Mulethi, Mahua, Lac and Pattanga. Soak these herbs in 9.126L of water. After soaking for a few hours, boil this herb water mixture and let it simmer till the quantity reduces to 1/4th. Filter out the concoction (Kwath) and keep it aside.
Now, take 12g each of Manjistha, Mulethi, Mahua, Lac and Pattanga and add a little water to prepare a smooth paste (Kalka). Add both Kwath and Kalka to 192 ml Sesame Oil and boil till only oil remains.
Finally, prepare a paste of Saffron and add it to the oil. With this final step, your Kumkumadi Oil will be ready.
As the process of preparing Kumkumadi Oil at home is complex and requires many ingredients to be used in the exact proportions, it’s recommended to buy Kumkumadi Oil from Ayurvedic beauty brands.
You should cleanse and tone your skin with a natural cleanser and toners before applying Kumkumadi Oil. Leave the oil to work on your skin and do not use anything else after its application.
At night, take two drops of the oil on your palm and apply it on the dark circles with your ring finger. Do this for both the eyes and leave it to work overnight. Also read - How to remove dark circles naturally - 25 Easy Ayurvedic Remedies
Kama Ayurveda’s Kumkumadi Oil Miraculous Beauty Night Serum offers all the benefits of Kumkumadi Oil and is one the best in the market.
No, we do not recommend our Kumkumadi Oil for babies. For babies, you can check our Baby Care range.
Kumkumadi Tailam is prescribed to treat dull, pigmented, damaged and aging skin. It’s recommended for the face. While, Nalpamaradi Thailam is a powerful skin brightening and detanning treatment that can be used on both the face and body. The key ingredient in Kumkumadi Tailam is Saffron while the key ingredient in Nalpamaradi Thailam is Turmeric. In both the oils, Sesame oil provides the nourishing and hydrating base.
Kumkumadi oil (Kumkumadi Tailam) is based on Ayurvedic concepts and heals the skin in a slow, sustained manner. By penetrating into the tissues during the facial massage, it clears the impurities from within.
Due to lack of time and proper knowledge, we turn to cosmetics that promise quick results but are often left disappointed. Our facial skin has unique needs, which, if appropriately attended, can result in a naturally glowing skin. Here’s how you can build your customized skincare routine using natural products and include Kumkumadi facial oil as a part of your daily skincare regimen.
Lovers of traditional Indian rituals and Ayurveda find the ingredients used in Kumkumadi Oil fascinating for its role in treating common skin issues like dark circles, tanned skin, hyperpigmentation, and blemishes. Kama Ayurveda recommends Kumkumadi Oil Miraculous Beauty Night Serum to treat your facial skin with the numerous benefits of Kumkumadi Tailam.
Have you used Kumkumadi Oil to treat your skin issues? Do share your experience and drop any questions that you may have in the comments below.
Shreya Dalela is a certified Yoga instructor and a professional dancer trained at The Danceworx. She’s passionate about Ayurveda and holistic living with over 6 years of experience in doing extensive research and content creation in the domain.
Certified Ayurvedic Doctor (Central Council of Indian Medicine) working in Kama Ayurveda as an Assistant Training Manager.