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Plai Essential Oil

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Our bodies often work harder than we realize -- at least until we wake up with an aching back and stiff joints. When sore muscles fail to relax or tissue wounds are slow to heal, many massage therapists turn to Plai.

A close relative to Ginger, Plai’s aroma is strikingly similar to Eucalyptus with spicy notes. It has an extraordinarily high level of Terpinene-4ol, which is a component of Tea Tree and Sweet Marjoram. Plai generally has between 25-45% terpinene-4 ol in it.

The Plai plant grows about 8 inches in height and produces narrow pseudostems that look a lot like pine cones. The root of the plant is put through a steam distillation process to extract the essential oil. Try mixing Plai with your favorite carrier oil to craft your own custom massage blend.


Botanical Name: Zingiber cassumunar

Origin: Thailand, North East Region

Method: Steam Distillation

Plant Part: Roots

Note: Middle

Family: Zingiberaceae

Blends Well With: Rosemary, and other strong herbaceous aromas

Aroma: Peppery, spicy, dry, and camphorous

Consistency: Thin

Color: Pale Yellow

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Plai batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Zingiber cassumunar. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Shelf Life: 1-2 Years

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

LINIMENT: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 5 drops of Plai, 5 drops of Helichrysum, 2 drops of Peppermint and 8 drops of Copaiba, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake to mix well. Apply enough of this mixture to cover the affected area and massage into the skin.

SPORTS MASSAGE: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 8 drops of Plai, 2 drops of Lavender, 5 drops of Chamomile (Roman) and 5 drops of Rosemary, then fill with Jojoba oil. Shake to mix well. Massage into sore muscles.

BITE AID: In a 1 ounce squeeze bottle add: 5 drops of Plai, 2 drops of Helichrysum, 3 drops of Lavender and 1 ounce of aloe vera gel. Apply 2-3 times a day or as needed to assist the body's natural process of relieving insect bites.

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