- May help to support healthy digestion
- May help to reduce bloating, gas, and occasional indigestion
- May help reduce occasional nausea
Aromatic Description:fresh, spicy, woody, peppery.
Collection Method:Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Root
Main Constituents:Terpinen-4-ol, Sabinene, Gamma-Terpinene, (E)-1-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl) butadiene, a-Terpinene, B-Pinene
About Plai Essential Oil
Plai essential oil has long been in the “toolkit” of Thai massage therapists, and is highly regarded for its rejuvenative and relaxing therapeutic properties. It is from the same family as Ginger, but has some of the properties of Tea Tree making this an exceptional all around healing oil!
Plai Essential Oil Profile
Stimulating, soothing, and antibacterial
How to use Plai Essential Oil
The rhizomes from the white flowering Zingiber cassumunar plant, with bright red, almost pinecone-like pseudostems, create a fresh, exotic, herbaceous, peppery essential oil. Along with helping to reduce pain and inflammation, plai essential oil is also a lovely digestive tonic and can help ease nausea and work to soothe irritable bowels. Plai essential oil is often more intense than other oils produced from plants of the ginger family. It is also cooling instead of warming like other oils from that family tend to be, providing welcome relief to hot, inflamed areas. Plai essential oil helps to reduce the presence of unwanted bacterial, fungal, and viral activity in a similar way as tea tree essential oil and can make a good substitute. Try formulating a blend with plai and sweet marjoram essential oils to help with minor infections, as they are both high in the chemical component terpinene-4 and even more powerful when paired together.
Emotionally and energetically, plai essential oil settles and calms. This essential oil is often used to cool anger or bring peace and calm to those experiencing situational anxiety.
Interesting Plai Essential Oil Information
Plai is believed be native to India, but the quality and efficacy of the essential oil from this region and others in Southeast Asia is not as good as that from Thailand. Since the price of genuine Plai oil from Thailand is higher, it is not uncommon for oils from these other regions to claim their origin as Thailand. The Plai oils from other origins often resembles tea tree in aroma due to lower levels of many important constituents.
Plai belongs to the same botanical family as ginger (Zingiberaceae), although it has different therapeutic properties and a more powerful action than this close relative. Also known botanically as Zingiber montanum, the essential oil from this plant has been subjected to intense research in Thailand.
It was proven that the essential oil exhibited a powerful anti-inflammatory effect when applied topically, due to the activity of 5 major components. Testing showed that Terpinen-4-ol, a-Terpinene and (E)-1-(3, 4-dimethoxyphenyl) butadiene (DMPBD) significantly inhibited oedema formation.
The most active compound was found to be DMPBD, which was twice as potent as the reference drug Voltarol (also known as Diclofenac) which is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Voltarol is currently one of the strongest known anti-inflammatory drugs available, but several adverse effects have been reported, therefore Thai essential oil is a safer, natural alternative.
Safety Considerations for Plai Essential Oil
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children.