Kohl has also been used in India as a cosmetic for a long time. In addition, mothers would apply kohl to their infants' eyes soon after birth. Some did this to "strengthen the child's eyes", and others believed it could prevent the child from being cursed by the evil eye.
In India, it is used by women as a type of eyeliner that is put around the edge of the eyes. Even now in southern India, especially in Karnataka, women of the household prepare the kajal. This homemade kajal is used even for infants. Local tradition considers it to be a very good coolant for the eyes and believes that it protects the eyesight and vision from the sun.
Some Indian Ayurvedic or Ancient Indian Herbal medicines manufacturing companies add Camphor and other medicinal herbs, that are beneficial for eyes in their product named Kajal; which can serve not only as cosmetic but also serve as medicine good for eyes. Kajal manufactured by Himalaya Herbal Medicines & also "Jai Kajal" manufactured by western India Chemicals Mumbai got such added herbs that are too good for eyes.
Kohl or Kajal as it is also called, is not only an irreplaceable part of Indian eye make-up but is considered an effective way to ward off the evil-eye. Babies are always anointed with a little black dot on the side of their faces, to protect them from the evil-eye even from loved ones. It is believed that anyone can give off the evil-eye.Children who are believed to be affected by the evil-eye are feared to have implications on their health and growth. Women too apply kajal to protect themselves from the evil-eye of an onlooker.