Plai Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-P11
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: £7.75
Plai essential oil has a fresh, herbaceous, spicy aroma. It is steam distilled from the fresh rhizome (roots) of the Plai plant (Zingiber cassumunar), which is native to Thailand, Indonesia and India. Plai essential oil has long been used by Thai massage therapists for its powerful pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating and relaxing properties.
Although it is derived from the same plant family as Ginger, Plai possesses many different properties and has a more intense action. Rather than the classic warming effect of Ginger, Plai has a cooling effect on pain and inflammation, making it an excellent choice for treating injuries, muscular and joint pain and conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism.
Please note that Plai is still a relatively little known oil and doesn't yet have a long history of use. Aromatherapists are still collecting data as to its properties and potential applications.
- Species: Zingiber cassumunar
- Plant family: Zingiberaceae
- Origin: Thailand
- Note: Top to Middle
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Plai essential oil is considered non-toxic, non-sensitizing and non-irritating. Always best to spot test first though on sensitive skin.
Plai is a excellent ‘health supporting’ oil that is used in many aromatherapy and spa products particularly for massage. It can also be used as an insect repellent and to treat acne.
Plai can help to soothe the nerves, reduce anxiety and cool anger. It also has an energising effect which can be helpful when feeling lethargic.
Plai is one of the best essential oils for treating, aches, pains and inflammation. It has powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for injuries and muscular aches and pains. It is also useful for post-operative pain and inflammation and its powerful analgesic properties are reported to ease pain for up to 16-20 hours. Plai can help to settle digestive problems such as nausea, stomach cramps, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Its anti-spasmodic action is also beneficial for period pains. Plai essential oil can help to stimulate the immune system and boost vitality. Its antimicrobial properties are effective in fighting infection and it can also be helpful for respiratory problems such as asthma, catarrh, chronic colds and flu. It is recommended for use with ME for stimulating immunity and relieving pain.
Blends well with:
Black Pepper, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood
Steam inhalation for coughs & colds
At the first sign of symptoms do a steam inhalation. Add 3 drops Plai, 3 drops Tea Tree and 6 drops of Sandalwood to a bowl of steaming hot water. Lean over the bowl with a towel over your head and iInhale through the nose and mouth with your eyes closed for 5 minutes. Repeat twice daily to stimulate your immune response and neutralise bugs.
Massage oil for stomach pain
For using just before your period is due – or to help ease digestive weakness/IBS cramping, when stress levels are high (pain is more likely to erupt, as acidity is higher). Warm 25ml Sweet Almond Oil and 5ml Neem oil. Add 6 drops Lavender, 4 drops Sweet Marjoram, 3 drops Clary Sage and 3 drops Plai. Pay particular attention to the lower back, and abdominal area which should be massaged in gentle clockwise rotations.
For tense, tight muscles due to stress or over-training mix 30ml base oil (as per the above blend) with 15 drops Plai, 2 drops Eucalyptus and 4 Frankincense.
Note: When using as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory for muscles, joints and tendons, Plai can be used at up to 10% dilution.