Plai Essential Oil (Zingiber montanum)


Plai may also be referred to as Plai, Central. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the rhizomes (roots).


Plai belongs to the same family as Ginger. As with Ginger, Plai Essential Oil is steam distilled from the rhizomes (roots). The distillation of fresh roots produces an essential oil that tends to be more aromatically pleasing than when the dried roots are distilled.

Plai Essential Oil is gaining increased recognition for its ability to assist in pain management, especially for chronic conditions. It is particularly abundant in Monoterpenes and Monoterpenols, and it can also be helpful when incorporated into blends and formulations intended for respiratory and antibacterial support. (See the Plai Essential Oil Uses section below for more details.)

Aromatically, Plai Essential Oil is reminiscent toGinger Essential Oil. Its aroma is pleasantly spicy with woody and peppery characteristics. It tends to blend well aromatically with the same essential oils that Ginger does, including essential oils in the citrus, floral, mint, wood and spice families.

Emotionally, Plai Essential Oil is an energizing essential oil that is particularly nice to use when feeling lethargic or sluggish.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Astringent Earthy Exotic Fresh Herbaceous Sensual Spicy

  • Common Name(s): Plai, Central
  • Botanical Family: Zingiberaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Zingiber
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols
  • Major Compounds: Terpinen-4-ol, Sabinene, Gamma-Terpinene, (E)-1-(3,4-Dimethoxyphenyl)butadiene, a-Terpinene, B-Pinene
  • Perfumery Note: Top-Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Rhizomes (Roots)
  • Shelf Life: 4 years
  • Wild Harvested Wild Harvested
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details


Plai Blends:

Black Spruce

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Plai:

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Plai Essential Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 400.]

Safety Precautions for Plai:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities


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