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Plai Root

What Is Plai?

A member of the same family as ginger and turmeric, plai is a rhizome, with a stem that grows horizontally underground and shoots that grow vertically upward. Found primarily in Southeast Asia, plai has been used to soothe inflammation and relax tense, sore muscles. In a thousand-year plus tradition, plai, herbs and plant material are contained in a muslin poultice, which is steamed and rubbed into the body after a deep tissue massage.

What is Applai? You apply Applai. The name honors its source of power and the deep tradition behind this remarkable plant.


Combat Inflammation and Relieve Soreness

Based in plai oil, which is used in relaxation techniques like traditional Thai massage, Applai incorporates ingredients from around the world to create formulas that ease tension while instilling a sense of serenity.

Extraction Process

A Proprietary Extraction Process

Unlike the harsh steam distillation methods that many essential oil producers use, the botanicals used in Applai balms and oils are extracted using a proprietary method that preserves the valuable material and therapeutic effect.


Take It With You Wherever You Go

Applai balms and oils are packaged with your busy life in mind. Whether you need to apply Applai during your yoga class, while at your desk, or just before your workout, our eco-friendly, pocket-sized containers and applicators are easy to take with you wherever you go.

Modern Traditional Plai Balm

Applai Natural Relief

Available in Modern and Traditional formulas, Applai Natural Relief is available as a roll-on oil or a self-massage balm. With invigorating scents and botanical extracts, they soothe life’s stresses and quiet sore muscles.

Applai Natural Relief PLUS

For extra relief, choose our Relief Plus products, also available in Modern and Traditional formulas. Applai Relief Plus contains reliably sourced CBD isolated from hemp extract for even more comforting relief.

Modern Traditional Plus Plai Root
Plai Root

Applai Relief EXTRA and EXTRA PLUS

For the days when nothing else seems to work, turn to Applai Relief Extra and Applai Relief Extra Plus. Added bursts of heating capsaicin and cooling mint in Applai Relief Extra will fire up the senses and get you moving, and the additional CBD isolated from hemp extract in Applai Relief Extra Plus will deliver the natural relief you need to keep moving.

Applai Relief Massage Oils

Formulated for use on the entire body, Applai Massage Oils are perfect for home or spa. Lightly scented with hints of lemon balm and ginger, you can warm Applai Massage Oils in your hands before massage, or apply directly to the skin. Try Applai Massage Plus Oil with reliably sourced CBD isolated from hemp extract for an even more soothing experience.

Modern Traditional Plus Plai Root
Traditional and Modern Methods of Herbal Extraction

The Thai and SE Asians live among a cornucopia of herbs, and plant matter. Rural folk can forage for ginger, galangal, turmeric, plai, guava, pineapple and more.  In fact, local gardens are everywhere, and farmer’s markets are abundant. City folk are fortunate enough to get fresh material trucked in...

Oils for Joints, Balms for Muscles, Both for Tendons

Many people ask what product they should use and why we have “so many products”. Each oil and balm can be used for different aches and pains in different locations depending on what hurts. If you’re wondering which Applai Relief you should try, let us break it down for you so you know what will...

Vision 20/20: The Year of the Rat

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Holiday Season in Bangkok

It’s the high season in Bangkok now.  It’s also Christmas.  Thailand embraces Christmas for reasons of tourism, but there are many Christians here as well.  High season is marked by an increase in tourism attracted by a significant decrease in temperature.  The hottest months are April and May,...

What is Plai?

Plai is a rhizome, or a subterranean plant stem that tends to grow horizontally, with shoots that grow upwards from its nodes. It is a member of the ginger family, as is turmeric and galanga. Ginger, turmeric and galanga are commonly used in food and teas as flavoring, and the three are commonly used...

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