A yellow to pale amber, thin oil obtained from steam distillation of the roots of the Plai plant.
Zingiber cassumunar Root Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Plai Essential Oil are:
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It is superb for muscular aches and pains (striated muscle), menstrual cramps and IBS (smooth muscle).
Its digestive effects are well established and it eases nausea, flatulence and cramps.
Use in balms and gels for sports injury massage as it is a great analgesic as well as being soothing and cooling.
It is strongly antifungal, so is a very good choice in foot creams and gels. It’s analgesic qualities are a welcome relief to aching feet.
As it is an antiseptic and anti inflammatory, it is a good choice for acne prone skin products.
A good anti oxidative effect makes it useful for rejuvenating creams and serums and all other anti ageing products.
Very effective to use on bruises and skin burns.
Gentle enough that it can be used neat on non sensitised skin, it is better when diluted and blended with other oils.
Consider for use in shampoo blends where it is refreshing and cooling and gives a fresh, herbaceous fragrance.
As a natural analgesic (pain-killer) and anti-inflammatory, it is Thailand's secret massage ingredient and included in almost all massages as it is considered a 'cure-all'.
Combine with Fragonia and Black Pepper for painful joints and arthritis as well as all muscular injuries.
Blend with Sweet Marjoram for menstrual cramps and IBS.
Mix with Rosemary, Cypress and Fragonia for asthma like symptoms.
Add to Hazelnut oil for oily and acne prone skin.
Use with Helichrysum for skin healing and wound care.
Add to Myrrh for healing scars and wounds.
Blend with Citronella as an insect repellant.
Warning: Essential oils can be toxic to some animals. Consult a veterinary surgeon if concerned.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists as an analgesic for its pain relieving qualities.
AIt is also effective on postoperative pain – especially when blended with Helichrysum.
Research showed that as a painkiller, it was equally as effective as Diclofenac (one of the standard drug choices for muscular pain) and University research in Thailand showed it to be very useful as part of pain management for rheumatoid arthritis. Often, the pain relief lasted up to 18 hours after 1 single application. It not only took swelling down but also speeded up healing time.
There has been research done showing that it is antimicrobial against a wide range of gram negative and gram positive bacteria as well as yeasts.
Mentally, Plai reduces anxiety and soothes the nerves.
Research in Canada is showing that Plai is valuable for asthma attacks as it is cooling and anti inflammatory, especially when combined with Rosemary and Cypress oils.
Useful for colds, coughs and flu like symptoms as it is not only antiviral but also boosts the immune system.
Works well in an oil burner to keep the sick room clear.
Traditionally used in Thailand to reduce stretch marks after birth.
Used for centuries as a general “cure all” and as an antiseptic and analgesic.