Kumkumadi Thailam is an ancient formulation comprising more than sixteen precious Ayurvedic ingredients, although saffron is the main ingredient. Saffron, the spice derived from saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), renders the skin its natural golden glow.
Some of the ingredients that go into the oil are jasadbhasma, an ayurvedic sunscreen which can protect the skin from darkening and damaging UV rays of the sun, while other ingredients that go into the oil such as lotus, sandalwood and vetiver, help in reducing appearance of fine lines and in plumping up the skin. Extracts of Indian Madder and Banyan tree, help lighten brown spots caused due to acne scarring, and the patches in the skin. Licorice, another ingredient included in the oil helps in protecting blemish-prone skin from bacteria and impurities.
Usira is another herb used in this formulation that helps improve complexion, while the sandalwood (chandana) renders a cooling effect on the skin, reducing perspiration and improving skin tone.
In general, Kumkumadi thailam reduces dark spots, blemishes and lightens sun tan. Apart from being good anti-ageing oil, it also prevents fungal and bacterial infections.
Given the good anti-ageing properties of Kumkumadi thailam, it can easily substitute an effective night cream. Kumkumadi thailam is also used in several face-packs, as it is excellent for obtaining a vibrant skin.
Method of Application: Wash face and pat dry. Massage face with 10 to 15 drops of the thailam. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash (using green gram powder if required). For best results leave on the application for longer duration.
Ingredients: The main ingredients of the thailam are Kesara (saffron), Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia), Daru haridra (Cocinum fenestratum), usira, laksha, kaliya, chandana, padmaka, padmakesara, nyagrodhapada, jasadbhasma, nilotpala, pattanga, ajakshira, and Taila.