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A focus on Plai

Updated: May 23, 2019

Plai (Zingiber cassumunar) is from the Zingerberaceae plant family known as the Ginger family, it is a family of flowering plants consisting of aromatic perennial herbs with creeping horizontal or tuberous rhizomes, found in the tropics of Africa, Asia and the Americas. The benefits of this family is that they are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, digestive and warming.


It is fairly new on the aromatherapy scene but it is becoming a popular addition to our oil box as it proving to be effective for aches and pains in particular those associated with rheumatism and arthritis. It has powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for injuries and muscular aches and pains. It is also useful for post-operative pain and inflammation and its powerful analgesic properties are reported to ease pain for up to 16-20 hours.



Plai being part of the ginger family can help to settle digestive problems such as nausea, stomach cramps, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is has a fresher scent than that of Ginger which some people tolerate better.

Its antimicrobial properties are effective in fighting infection and it can also be helpful for respiratory problems such as asthma, catarrh, chronic colds and flu. It is recommended for use with ME for stimulating immunity and relieving pain.

Plai doesn't yet have a long history of use and so aromatherapists are still collecting data as to its properties and potential applications but the chemistry looks promising with the oil being comprised roughly of 40% Monoterpenes, 40% Alcohols and 5% Aldehydes. The Alcohol and aldehydes suggesting why it is efficient as a pain reliever and the monoterpenes giving suggestion as to why it is good for stimulating immunity and energising the body and mind.


If you need a good pain reliever that also stimulates the immune system that Plai essential oils is must have addition to the oil box.

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