Plai Essential Oil

Type of plant: Flowering plant with tuberous root with long fleshy fibers and large glossy leaves

Part used: Rhizome

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Data: The name plai is the Thai word for this plant. The plant is widely used in the traditional medicine systems of Southeast Asia, including in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Plai is of the same botanical family as ginger — although having different properties — and is a relative of galangal.

Principal places of production: Thailand, India, Indonesia

When buying look for: A pale-yellow liquid with a fresh, herbaceous, spicy, slightly green aroma

Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antispasmodic, calmative, carminative, diuretic, stimulant, tonic

Therapeutic uses: Arthritis, joint pain, muscle pain, muscular injury, torn ligaments, muscular spasm, tendonitis, swelling, menstrual cramp, abdominal spasm, colitis, diverticulosis

Blends well with: Basil linalol, bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, chamomile roman, clary sage, elemi, eucalyptus radiata, geranium, ginger, hyssop decumbens, immortelle, juniper berry, lavender, marjoram (sweet), peppermint, pimento berry, sage (Greek), spearmint

Precautionary advice: No contraindications known