Plai Essential Oil

Adam Michael has this to say “This plai essential oil, (Zingiber cassumunar) is a member of the ginger family and therapeutically is somewhat of a super oil if you believe what many Thai villagers have to say. Apparently plai essential oil excels in the reduction of inflammation and ridding people of just about all muscle aches.

Research carried out by Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research at Chatuchak concluded that plai oil used as an anti-inflammatory was twice as effective as the pharma drug Voltarol (used for relieving pain and reducing inflammation). Tests point to DMPBD as being the key component responsible for the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

Plai essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the rhizome and the colour of the liquid is clear/pale yellow. Looking in my reference books, the four major constituents are gamma terpinene, terpin 4OL, sabinene and DMPBD (shorter text for (E)-1-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl) butadiene). Collectively these constituents account for over of 85% of the oil. The aroma of plai is similar to ginger with a sticky sweetness comparable to an infusion of melissa and citronella.”

Botanical Name: Zingiber cassumunar

Origin: Thailand