Plai grows wild in Thailand and belongs to the ginger family. The spice bulb acts antibacterial, muscle-relaxing and promotes blood circulation. It strengthens the immune system and fights inflammation. The rhizome has played an important role in Asian medicine since ancient times and is also valued as a spice in the kitchen. The essence, which is obtained from the roots of the plant, is one of the “must have” in massage applications in Thailand to cure joint and muscle ailments. Plai contains essential oil and is used in aromatherapy.