Latin name: Zingiber casssumunar
Synonyms: Plai, Pulei
Plant family: Zingerberaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation from the fresh root
Plant characteristics: A perennial herb 1m high with a thick, spreading, pungent root, from where the oil is distilled
Oil characteristics: Colourless to yellow and clear liquid, with a characteristic herbaceous odour.
It is from the same family as Ginger, though it’s actions are considered more potent. Also similar to ginger are the anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions.
Plai essential oil is excellent for the relief of pain and inflammation in a great number of conditions involving the joints and muscles. It is also useful for post-operative pain and inflammation and its powerful analgesic properties are reported to ease pain for up to 20 hours. It can help to settle digestive problems such as nausea, stomach cramps, flatulence, constipation, period pains, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 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 and colds.
Blends well with: Lemongrass, ginger, juniper, marjoram, lavender
Cautions and comments: This essential oil is considered safe to use but is warming on the skin
Main chemical constituents: Monoterpenes 40%, Alcohols 40%, Aldehydes 5%, Oxides trace
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.