Pinecone Ginger Uses | Shampoo Ginger | Pine Cone Ginger

Pinecone Ginger Uses | Shampoo Ginger | Pine Cone Ginger

Pinecone Ginger Uses
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Pinecone Ginger is absolutely stunning. It’s not only a beautiful plant but it smells amazing, and Pinecone Ginger has many uses! I first saw this in my own backyard. It looked like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

Like the most beautiful alien flower you could imagine. The colors are truly amazing. At first they are mostly green, but as the days go on, the rhizome gains some really amazing variations of colors of pink, redish-pink, or golden-yellow.

Finally, a little white flower blooms on the top and/or on the sides of the rhizome. So let’s look at the Pinecone Ginger Uses

Pinecone Ginger Goes by Many Names

Shampoo Ginger, Awapuhi Kuahiwi (Hawaii), Pinecone Lily, Bitter Ginger, Wild Ginger, and also the scientific name is Zingiber Zerumbet.

As the rhizome develops it’s usually green in color. However, as it continues to develop, you may notice it changes colors.

Pinecone Ginger

Pinecone Ginger can come in a couple different colors.

Pinecone Ginger
Pinecone Ginger

It also has little flowers that may come out of its scale-like rhizomes.

Pinecone Ginger

See Next Page To See The Shampoo Recipe and More Pictures and Information!

54 thoughts on “Pinecone Ginger Uses | Shampoo Ginger | Pine Cone Ginger”

  1. I don’t cut my ginger flowers of the plant. I just gently squeeze the juice out of the red flower into a container and leave the flower on the plant. The juice is good for taking the sting or other bites and such. I helps itchy spots

  2. I just recently found out about this amazing plant I keep seeing that there’s recipes for shampoo do you have any recipes

  3. Hey! Do you have a recipe for candle making with the pine juice? I have some and want ro start using them.


  4. Quick question I can’t seem to find an answer to. I also have many of these pinecone gingers and am going to try and harvest today. Thank you for the advice of leaving the cones on the plant, I will do this. My question is do you have to rinse the shampoo after using or is it more of a leave-in shampoo? Also, has anyone tried adding to this shampoo with essential oils etc? I was thinking of adding lemon or rose or grapefruit just for the added aroma. Thanks 🙂

      1. Good morning, 

        Your website is very helpful.

        I’ve recently learned about awapuhi and it’s healing benefits. 

        I’m searching for the actual cone juice and rhizome (for planting) to buy.

        Any contacts or suggestions?

        Appreciate your time.

        1. Yes, I had a link for rhizomes but they don’t have any available.

          I found another seller for the rhizomes. You can find it in the post on the second page of the post. (scroll all the way down and click to go to the second page)

          I also updated info there on how to find pinecone ginger juice…

          Hope this helps! REMEMBER: It’s a good idea to consult a doctor before using any plant on or in your body.

        2. If any of you want some pinecone gingers and live near Pensacola Florida i’ll give it to you… parts of my yard are over run with it and i hate to just pull it and kill it. i’ve always been curious about the cones and the liquid in them but havent tried any as shampoo yet.

          1. Hello Michael. I would love to take some of these off your hands. I live in Milton. I’m thinking spring would a better time to get them but not sure. Please let me know.

          2. I live in Middleburg Florida recently became a senior citizen lol it snuck up on me can’t get out much raising mi disabled grandson also taking care of my disabled husband I was wondering if maybe you could mail me some bulbs from under your beautiful plants I’d be happy to pay you for them and shipping if you could do that if interested email me at and I will send address I’m Maggie

      2. I have used this liquid on my hair for a couple years now and love it. I have used it along with some essential oils I have mixed up for my hair as well. Works very good

      3. Hello, we have thousands of these on our property and just now harvesting and will be using starting today actually. My question is when you use the liquid do you use it as a shampoo and conditioner or do you use it as a shampoo, rinse then use your conditioner then rinse?

  5. I’ve got a large group of red pineapple ginger and I’m amazed at how easy it is to milk the liquid while leaving it on the plant It just keeps on living and providing. Tomorrow I’m going to milk some and try the freezing method mentioned I’m also going to start using on my face and see if there is a diff in a week or so I love living out here in the country and having fruits of nature available This website has educated me on the beautiful plants I transplanted from my friend Awpuhi shampoo (spelling? I’m tired lol) is that not fascinating?! I’ve got aloe all over the place as well. Nature is awesome and I’m blessed to be where I am with what grows out here! Warm holidays in this year of insanity I think it’ll be new years after 2021 we will all finally, maybe, gather and party like we’ve never partied before I’ll let you know if the red liquid gold shows diff in face tomorrow I’m shampooing with it! Thanks all for the info I’ve been researching for some time and this has given me great great info this year Peace and blessings all

    1. That’s awesome! I love living in the country too. We had wild grapevines (muscadine) pop up this year. I read that we should expect muscadines in as early as three years! How cool! They taste gross to me, but they could be used in jellies, wine, etc… We have blackberry, sassafras, beautyberry, cactus, and other succulents, wild blueberries (all over! yum). It’s so amazing! God is good for all that he provides his people!

      I’m so excited that you are trying the plant in new ways. Let me know how it goes! We ended up moving from the house where the pincone gingers were growing. I didn’t have time to grab any rhizomes, so I’m hoping to get some from a friend’s and grow some more. So I haven’t been able to work much with them.

      I really hope next year will be better, but who knows?

      Peace and blessings to you too, and I’m sorry it took me so long to get your comment approved. It’s the busy season! Merry Christmas!

      1. Great information. It grows here in Texas. I live about an hour from the coast. I never new what the red pinecone were until recently. They are a bit invasive but die out when we get a freeze. Mine come back every year. I will try the shampoo recipe. Thanks again for the information.

          1. Hey Mrs. Maggie. You have to hit the “NEXT PAGE” button. I’m sorry about that, but this page was so big with so many images that it had to be split up or it would have trouble loading. You can find the shampoo recipe on the second page! I removed your email address from your comment so that you don’t get weirdos emailing you. 😉

            Have a lovely day and let me know if you have any more issues!

  6. I just discovered the uses for this, thanks! I harvested about 10 -12 of them yesterday by just squeezing the liquid out and got about 4 cups! I strained the bits out too. Can’t wait to try it on my face as someone previously said. I m wondering how long it will last. I have a LOT in my back yard.

  7. I used it all last year squeezing it while on the plant. I squeezed many! I wash my hair with it and let it pour over my whole body. When I am done bathing, I again put it all over myself then let myself air dry.
    I also use it after bugs attack, for immediate relief. Everyone I offer the relief to are amazed by the soothing, slimy feel that dries instantly to a smooth sensation.
    I harvested the juice as is, in squeeze bottles. I have one bottle left! Perfect timing because all my ginger has finally started growing again…..

    1. That’s amazing! I love that your finding more and more uses for it. I’m going to have to try it on some bug bites now! Great ideas! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your experience and knowledge, Karena!

    2. Karena, how do you store the juice that you harvest and how long will it keep? Do you refrigerate it? I have a large crop this year and would like to harvest and hold the juice for use as long as possible. I was considering using canning jars….

      1. I freeze my juice in ice cube trays and then take it out as needed. I milk the cones While still growing and they will give you endless juice over a period of time. Using it as a shampoo and or a rinse and also instead of body lotion. Trying it is a face motion today for the first time.

  8. Love your site! I have a few of the Pinecone Ginger plants but like you, have never left the cones to see if they will replenish with the fragrant liquid. I will be trying this too. If you receive recipes for the shampoo or body lotion, it would be wonderful if you would share. Thank you so much for the information that you have shared thus far. Happy gardening.

  9. I squeeze the juice and put it on my whole body. What I have noticed is my face looks 10 years younger. No joke! I’ve received many compliments and questions about how I’m doing it. What I am trying to find is how to buy it bottled when my harvest is finished. I’m going to try your moms suggestion on next bloom. Not going to break off the cone. Hopefully it will continuously replenish. If you know a place I can buy the juice for cosmetic purposes, please let me know. Thank you for this site!


    1. That’s amazing! I haven’t heard of any place that sells the juice. They do use it quite frequently in stuff like dog shampoo though. So you might could contact a manufacturer that uses it and ask them where they get theirs.

      Please do let me know if you end up trying to harvest just the juice!

    2. I was told by Hawaiians that it has the same properties as Lanolin. They also said that after using try replanting. It has a 50/50 chance of regrowth

      1. Hey Geri! That’s really interesting.

        Lanolin is used for many things. Maybe Pinecone Ginger can be used in many other ways too.

        I always wondered if they would regrow that way. That’s very interesting, and worth a shot right?

        I’m so glad you stopped by and added this information! I love this little plant and I love learning more about it! Thank you!

  10. Donna mentioned having several recipes for shampoo, would love to know what they are. I have many of these on my property but have always looked at them as ornamental decoration up until now. Could you please share….

      1. Master gardener floridasheryl

        I have a huge area of pinecones ginger. Grows under my star fruit tree as well as other places. Dies off in winter comes back bigger and stronger here in palm beach county Florida. The lanolin is very soothing for sunburn. Heat rash and yeast skin issues. Very soothing and softening. Each year there are more and bigger cones. I strain it to remove dirt particles. I just cut the flower stalk leaving this one in ground to grow bigger. I fertile 2 x a year. The plants are now about 6 feet tall.

        1. Wow! 6 feet tall! That’s pretty amazing! I don’t have any pinecone gingers growing right now. We moved from that house, and I meant to dig up some rhizomes to take with me, but it was so hectic I forgot!

          I’ve been looking around to buy some and grow here. I need to go ahead and do it! Lol.

          Thank you for all the amazing information! It sounds like you’ve got it all figured out! I’m interested to try it out for sunburn, and heat rash. We live in Florida too. Love that nature takes care of us!

          Thank you for stopping by! If you have any more growing tips feel free to let me know. I will try to update this soon. This is a pretty old article!

          1. Can plant the rhizome or tube roots and they will grow..water them every night…love water… I’ve been bombarded by them and thin them out every year… doing research for usages..ran in to your site…this will come in handy if ever have to depend on the lands again..

        2. Best shampoo I have ever used. Let my hair air dry. It is so soft, shiny and manageable. Also shiny. 1T made so much lather that I used it on my body too. I have tons of pine one ginger. Going to try squeezing and freezing. Here in North Florida they go below ground in winter
          Thank You so very much for this recipe

  11. I have many beautiful Ginger plants that go to waste cause I did not know what to do with the plants & cones Thanks for all the info

  12. I have the pine cone ginger in my yard . Love it ! There are several recipes for the shampoo . I have not tried any of them yet.
    I want to harvest the liquid first and see if they will refill. Seems like they have fluid before they turn red. Thanks for the article !

    1. I love it too!

      If you figure out a way to harvest the liquid, and it replenishes let me know! I’d love to hear about your technique and everything.

      Just wait until you smell the liquid. It is so yummy!!

      Thanks for visiting Donna!

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