The main index for our Single Essential Oil Profiles is located here.

If you see a term you don't understand, be sure to check our Alternative Health Glossary of Medical Terms!

  • Color: Pale Amber
  • Oil Consistency: Thin
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Initial Aroma Strength: Strong
  • Scent: Earthy, exotic, fresh, herbaceous, sensual, spicy, slightly smokey, sweet and floral.

Action: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating, relaxing, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, anti-anxiety, carminative, cooling, immunostimulant, insect repellent, tonic, antineuralgic, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, stimulant, vermifuge.

Benefits, Indications: Plai is a member of the ginger family but more potent. Due to it's very high levels of Terpinine-4ol (the component that gives Tea Tree its antimicrobial properties) Plai is known as an exceptionally great ‘all-around' healing oil.

Plai is soothing and cooling making it a highly reached-for oil by Thai massage therapists needing a quick and extraordinarily long lasting analgesic solution with conditions of arthritis, rheumatism, and sports related tendinitis. Because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects Plai is an excellent addition in sports injury related massage oils.



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. It can help to settle digestive problems such as nausea, stomach cramps, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Its anti-spasmodic action is also beneficial for period pains.

It can also 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, catarrh, chronic colds and flu. Plai is still a relatively little known oil and doesn't yet have a long history of use. Aromatherapists are still collecting data as to its properties and potential applications.

Chemical Constituents: Sabinene, terpinene-4-ol, gamma terpinene, alpha terpinene

Companion Oils: Bergamot, black pepper, cypress, lavender, lemon, marjoram, neroli, orange, rosemary, sandalwood

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

Science and Research


Get your herbs and oils at a place you can trust!

Starwest Botanicals not only utilizes their own milling and packaging operations for all organic herbs and bulk spices, they also conduct quality control testing on each and every product in their own laboratory.

With attention like that, you can be sure you will receive only the highest-quality organic herbs, dried herbs, organic spices, therapeutic essential oils and all natural products when you place an order with Starwest Botanicals.

Fill out the form below to sign up to our free natural health and healing newsletter and e-zine and stay up to date on our latest articles and informed about holistic healing therapies and effective home remedies for common ailments. As a thank you for joining our newsletter, we'll also send you The Healing Art of Aromatherapy mini-course – at absolutely no cost!

Our strict privacy policy keeps your email address 100% safe & secure. We will NEVER share your email address or personal information with anyone! The Natural Holistic Health newsletters are sent once per week.

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares