Thailam in Ayurveda: Types, Uses and More!

What is Thailam?

Ayurvedic massage oils used for ayurvedic treatments, skin and hair care, post and antenatal care etc., are called Ayurvedic Thailams. These are made with the goodness of all-natural ayurvedic products. Thailam is of several types, which all relieve different types of pain and health concerns. Thailam is best to provide care and relief to any pain or concerns; they work as the earliest and the most long-term treatment for all concerns. 


Doshas in Ayurveda

Healing has always been at the core of Ayurveda; with centuries-old ways to treat illnesses, pains, and concerns with natural and long-term solutions, Ayurveda plays a huge role in all-over human well-being. The science behind every treatment and medicine is related to the philosophy of the Doshas. What are the Doshas?

All beings in the universe are a culmination of five major elements. As is believed in Ayurveda, individual bodies are made up of fire, water, air, earth, and space. The balance of these elements is what the well-being of a person depends upon. These elements agglomerate and combine to form three different life energies, which are called the Doshas. An imbalance in these and an imbalance in mind and soul will result in health concerns and illnesses. This is because they are central forces that keep the body and mind functioning properly. 

What are the three types of Doshas? First is the Vata Dosha, the most powerful out of the three and is the combination of Air and Space. The nervous system and body movements depend on the Vata dosha. It manifests in the abdominal cavity and includes pelvic organs, colon, thighs, skin, ears, and brain. All central physical processes of the body depend on the Vata Dosha, so an imbalance or change in it can have severe implications. 

The second Dosha is the Pitta Dosha. This is made up of fire and water in the body, and it is responsible for primary functional processes of the body like digestion and metabolism. Since it is in association with the element of fire, an increase of heat in the body is what the body goes through when Pitta Dosha is in excess. This causes discomfort and manifests into diseases like Diarrhoea, Stomach inflammation, anger issues and stress. 

With earth as its main element and water accompanying it is the Kapha Dosha. Like earth and water, the Kapha Dosha is responsible for the body's harmony, as it holds the body together. It is responsible for keeping bones and joints together. This Dosha provides the body with stability, lubrication, and balance. It keeps the mind calm and going, preventing stress caused by an excess of Vata Dosha. 

Practitioners of Ayurveda would prescribe and suggest medicines based upon the status of these Doshas in the body. Ayurvedic Thailam helps balance increased Doshas, specially Vata dosha. Their wide range of uses is matched with the wide array of Ayurvedic Thailam available at Kerala Ayurveda. Every thailam available is perfect for relieving a particular concern. Below is the detailed list of Different types of thailam and their uses based upon the concerns.


Types and Uses of Thailam


Kumkumadi Thailam

Kumkumadi Thailam is synonymous with gold in skincare, given the virtuous effects of its use on the skin. This can be the one-stop for multiple skin concerns one gets. While this thailam is most compatible with dry and flaky skin, it works well on all types. Concocted with flowers, milk and fruit extracts, enriched with the goodness of sandalwood and saffron, it's as aromatic as it's effective. It's helpful to treat blemishes, inflammation in the skin or any dry and flaky patches. 

How to use Kumkumadi Tailam? Take two to three drops and massage it on your face for some minutes after face cleansing before sleeping. Then clean it off the next morning.


Nalpamaradi Thailam

Enriched with Anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, Nalpamaradi Thailam is one of the most effective thailam in Ayurveda used for nourishment of skin and improvement of texture. In Ayurveda, Nalpamaradi is known for its soothing properties and is used extensively to relieve the skin from infections or fungal concerns that develop. Diseases like scabies and eczema find their solutions in this thailam. Whatever concern the skin might be facing, this product holds to treat it and give skin a radiant and glowing look. 


Karpooradi Thailam

This thailam helps to pacify the Vata and helps in reducing joint and muscle pain, and helps reduce cramps as well. It is good for releasing tensions in the muscles due to stress and helps in reducing swelling and inflammation in muscles. Karpooradi thailam also helps in healing an injury based on pain or discomfort. The elderly can massage with this oil to relieve any numbing discomfort in their joints. In cases of respiratory concerns, Karpooradi Thailam can be used by gently massaging it on the chest. It also helps in relieving congestion from the throat and chest.


Dhanwantharam Thailam

A healthy brew of 28 different herbs, Dhanwantharam Thailam, is a tremendous energy, relief, and vitality source. It is helpful in the treatment of rheumatic disorders and neuromuscular conditions. It has qualities that pacify the Vata dosha, which helps protect the nervous system. Not only that, but it's one of the best effective oils for muscle pain, body pain and inflammation. Dhanwantharam Thailam is known to treat neurological disorders and post-trauma stresses by pacifying their effect on the mind. Pain, cramps and numbness in muscles caused by Vata disorders are relieved using this oil. It provides nourishment to distressed muscles and enhances blood circulation.


Mahanarayana Thailam

By helping to restore the Vata Balance, this all-natural and herbal oil helps nourish the muscles' health and nervous system. Vata Dosha concerns which are classified as Neuromuscular disorders in Ayurveda, are treated by the Mahanarayana Thailam. The recipe of the thailam is accepted in the ancient text because of its benefits as it nourishes joints and muscles and strengthens them. However, the disorders are classified with symptoms as inflammations, cramps and swelling in the joint. The thailam tackles this and helps to reduce those symptoms. The main ingredient of this thailam is Sesame oil, which is famous for strengthening tissues by getting absorbed into them.


Ksheerabala Thailam

With anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, Ksheerabala Thailam is a formula used to treat neuromuscular disorders. Disorders like Arthritis, spondylosis cause discomfort and pain. Sciatic neuralgia can be relieved by massaging with this oil. This thailam is created with the goodness of milk, Bala, and sesame oil. Ksheerabala is preferred in panchakarma treatments. It is also suitable for muscle stiffness, joint pain, facial palsy and degenerative disorders like osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy and muscular atrophy. With regular Abhagyam with this oil, one can get long-term relief from these disorders caused by tearing nerves or muscles.


Sahacharadi Thailam

Sahacharadi Thailam is an excellent muscle relaxant that helps the pain in ligaments, muscles, and joints stressed due to the imbalances in Vata. It is great at curbing swelling of muscles and pain in the lower back area. The ingredients that are present in this oil have been historically known to relieve rheumatic attacks and disorders. It is known to help revive the strength of joints and muscles. Massaging with this oil in Kati Basti, a type of lower-back therapy, is useful in treating musculoskeletal disorders. Sahacharadi oil will also help in treating neurological disorders like psychosis, epilepsy, and tremors. Using this oil during the Panchakarma ayurvedic treatments helps in balancing the Vata. With regular use, stiffness of joints and muscles can be relieved with this oil.


Eladi Oil

Eladi oil or Eladi thailam is one of the best medicines to use for people with acne-prone sensitive skin that tend to be oily or combination type. It is a sesame oil-based concoction that is also good for treating acute and chronic skin diseases like boils and leucoderma. It is chemical-free and is not harsh on the skin, making it perfect for sensitive skin. Furthermore, it is useful for treating skin pigmentation and clear blemishes and acne spots from the face, which leaves your skin looking radiant and glowing. It is safe, made up of all-natural elements without any chemicals, making it one of the safest products to use for children.


Pinda Thailam

With the goodness of the herb Manjishta, which was used as the natural medicine for the Vatarakta ayurvedic treatment, Pinda thailam is one of the best thailam to relieve the stiffness of joints which end up causing severe joint pain. Sometimes this joint pain ends up with redness and swelling, which is painful. Pinda Thailam, made with potent ayurvedic ingredients that are all-natural, has anti-inflammatory properties that pacify the excess of the Vata dosha from the joints. With concerns like gout and arthritis that cause discomfort daily, following an Ayurvedic treatment with this thailam can provide long-term solutions to both chronic and acute disorders. It soothes and cools down the site of pain when applied and massaged of aching joints or muscles.


Anu Thailam

Anu Thailam is a type of nasal drop which, through the gateway of the Nasya (nose), helps a range of Vata and Kapha dosha disorders and diseases. It is the best ayurvedic medicine to Treat any concern in the nasal tract. It is especially helpful for people who suffer from sinusitis. It is also used as an accompanying medicine with rhinitis and cough.



1. Are there any Side effects of using thailam? 

Ayurvedic Thailam is made with the goodness of natural and healing herbs, oils and other ingredients which are naturally beneficial to human health. They do not contain any chemicals, lowering the chances of any possible side effects a person can get. There are no known side effects, negative effects or allergies which can be triggered using and massaging with these oils. Ayurvedic Thailam available at Kerala Ayurveda is healthy and highly effective at treating neuromuscular disorders, joint pain, and skin and hair issues. Using this thailam regularly, one can have natural solutions to their concerns and discomfort, which are long-term.

2. Are Thailam suitable for oily or combination type skin?

Popularly, oil-based products are avoided by people with Oily or Combination types of skin. This comes from the fear of having the facial skin clogged with more oil than there already is present. But if you use the oil right, there is no reason for the skin not to gain benefits from ayurvedic thailam. How can they be used the right way? By making sure the thailam you are using does not stay on your face for too long. At night, massage gently with the thailam that will suit as appropriate treatment for the issue, for example, Eladi thailam as mentioned above, then clean it off within 15-20 minutes. This will not let your skin over absorb the thailam. People with oily or combination types of skin tend to overwash, leaving dry and stiff skin. 

3. Do thailam products contain chemicals? 

Kerala Ayurveda has a wide array of Ayurvedic thailam products available, which are made of all-natural ingredients. Kerala Ayurveda follows ways to make these healing oils, as mentioned in the ancient texts. The products are completely chemical-free and made up of herbs and oils which are aromatic and relieving. They contain only natural and pure ingredients which are potently concocted to provide the best treatments. Ayurvedic Thailam is the best medicine for joint and muscle pain and is good for skin and hair care.