Trauma Oil – Plai Essential Oil Benefits

Plai essential oil benefits anyone who has pain and I’m guessing that you have never heard of it? It comes from Thailand and it starts off as a root tuber that is related to ginger.  However, ginger essential oil makes the skin feel hot whereas Plai Essential Oil has a wonderful cooling effect.

In my book Off Your Face Creams you will find the essential oil recipe for knee pain. That was the reason I first developed it but it is an excellent trauma oil to use anywhere that you have aches and pains. 

There are plenty of home remedy muscles relaxers on the internet but for pain, you need more than just a muscle relaxer – you need an analgesic one of Plai Essential Oil benefits is that it is an excellent analgesic.

I first discovered it when I was travelling in Thailand and it was being used in every place that I had a massage. I’m a big fan of massage and I completely indulged myself whilst I was there. I got used to having a daily massage from the monks at the medical school inside Wat Pho temple.

Very quickly, I became familiar with its fragrance and asked the monks what it was. Plai or Prai was the answer because the R and L are often interchangeable in Thai language. 

Research into Trauma Using Plai Essential Oil

Khon Kaen University is one of Thailand’s leading research universities and has been studying Plai Essential Oil benefits in topical products and concludes that it is very effective. How to dilute essential oils is important and in several studies they tend to use it in higher percentages than I would use, but then I am combining it with other effective cannabis infused oils which brings other pain relieving benefits.

I was lucky enough to visit a Plai plantation when I was studying perfumery in Thailand. For a field trip, we were driven out to the middle of an open field where there was a huge copper distillation unit.

The washed root tubers had been brought by ox and cart to the still and were being tipped into a massive mincing machine. The roots were pulverised and then tipped into the still and that was then topped up with water. The burners were lit and the still gently started coming to the boil. The air was so fresh and zingy with the smell of the still wet mincing machine!

Pretty soon, the steam was going out of the condenser tube and pouring into the stainless steel buckets. The essential oil floats on the surface of the water and is siphoned out. I was amazed at the volume coming out and several guys were running backwards and forwards with the essential oil in the buckets to tip it into containers. Quite an amazing day out.

Of course, when I got back to my accommodation, I booked another massage with my bottle of Plai Essential Oil that I was given at the plantation.

When I came to finally leave Thailand, I found a pharmacy that made their own creams and I asked them to make me a strong Plai cream. I’m OK flying, but I always get too hot on a flight and my legs and feet start to get twitchy after a while. After I had checked in, I went to the toilets and applied the Plai cream from the pharmacy around my ankles and up my legs, around my neck and shoulders and down my arms.

The first thing is that I got a row of seats to myself – I was smelling quite fresh but also quite strongly fresh! It wasn’t a full flight anyway, but nobody wanted to sit in my fragrant row!

I was blissfully cool throughout the whole flight and could not feel any discomfort from my leg muscles at all. No stiff back or cricked neck from sleeping during the flight. Plai made that the best flight experience I had ever had.

So, what else is there to know about Plai? 

As you now know, it is superb for cooling and soothing muscular aches and pains which are generally striated muscles but it can also help  IBS which is smooth muscles. It helps with the after effects of poor digestion by easing nausea and flatulence.

It is also strongly antifungal which is why it is in my Floaty Foot Cream recipe in the book as well as in the Ease The Pain Balm. Make sure you order a good quality bottle of Plai Essential Oil.

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