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Plai Essential Oil

  • Distillation Method: Steam
  • Country of Origin: Thailand
  • Plant Part: Root
  • Latin Name: Zingiber cassumunar
  • Cultivation: Wild Grown

About the 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!

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Drops per ml
Blending Tips 51
Primary Constituents
4-terpineol 37.70%
sabinene 26.41%
m-cymol 26.41%
gamma terpinene 5.16%
copaene 4.00%


Product Description

About The Plant

The root of this tropical perennial plant is tuberous, much like Ginger, with long, white, fleshy fibers, and jointed appendages.

About The Oil

Plai oil has a wonderful, uplifting peppery-green eucalyptus aroma, and is highly regarded for its therapeutic properties in massage. We've found this wildcrafted variety to be especially bright and fresh; a very fine distillation to be sure!

Although Plai is from the same family as Ginger, it's actions are considered more potent. Plai also has very high levels of terpinine-4-ol (generally between 25-45 %), the constituent in Tea Tree considered to give the oil most of its antimicrobial properties. A potent combination of oils with a high concentration of; this constituent is: Plai with Tea Tree and Sweet Marjoram.

Of Interest

Thai massage therapists have used essential oil of Plai to relax muscles.

Therapeutic Properties




Reduces redness
Diminishes swelling
Eases discomfort
Decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
Neutralizes insects / parasites

Deters insects
Neutralizes microbes
Indicated for: blemished skin


Stimulates the immune system
Quells irritation from environmental factors
Counteracts physical hypersensitivity
Maintains a normal response to typical allergens associated with everyday life
Reduces redness
Diminishes swelling
Reduces body temperature


Helps reduce mucous production


Eases discomfort
Decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
Soothes sore muscles, tendons, and joints
Diminishes swelling
Soothes sore muscles
Relaxes cramping


Promotes urination
Helps maintain kidney action
Assists in cleansing and detoxifying the body
Promotes bowel movement
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response
Relaxes cramping in the bowel
Settles digestion
Increases absorption in the intestines
Promotes normal peristalsis
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response
Reduces the incidence and severity of diarrhea
Reduces the incidence and severity of vomiting and nausea


Increases local blood circulation


Releases toxins


Relaxes menstrual cramping


Strengthens the nervous system
Helps alleviate stress and nervous tension


Plai essential oil's foremost application is for the comfort and ease of joints and muscles.


Direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer
Inhale to ease breathing.


Massage, compress, bath, skincare

For muscle, tendon and joint discomfort or swelling dilute to 10% in a carrier oil (for example, 3ml–90 drops–of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil). For this purpose Plai may also be blended with these essential oils for a synergistic effect: Helichrysum, Ginger, Marjoram, Nutmeg, and Black Pepper, or blended with soothing oils such as Lavender, Neroli, or Bergamot. A wonderful combination is Plai essential oil with Nutmeg and Lemon! It may also be used 'neat' in spot locations where discomfort or swelling is near the surface of the skin.

Plai, together with black pepper, orange and tarragon can be used topically to ease the discomfort of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Apply this blend across the abdomen and rectal tissue after each bowel movement or anytime there is any cramping or discomfort in the abdominal area.

Plai has also been noted to greatly reduce discomfort during menstrual cramping. A 10% concentration of Plai in a carrier oil, or with other essential oils, can be massaged around the abdomen and low back.

Aromatherapy Details

This Plai oil is a complex and balanced combination of floral, spice and herbaceous aromas: top notes of floral citrus, middle notes of ginger, nutmeg and allspice, and a thick undertone of resinous wood and wildflower honey.

Plai essential oil blends well with: Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Grapefruit, Lime, Jasmine, Neroli, and Petitgrain oils.


Generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

If pregnant consult with a physician prior to use.

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