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 can come in a couple different colors.
It also has little flowers that may come out of its scale-like rhizomes.
The leaves look like something you’d find in the jungle.
Pinecone Ginger is native to India, and Southeast Asia. It’s native to tropical areas and tends to go dormant during the winter months.
During springtime, the plant grows 9-12 blade-like shaped leaves, usually around 8 inches long. These plants can reach 4 feet tall.
Flower stalks are typically shorter than leave stalks.
As you can see in the 2 photos above and below, Pinecone Ginger has very large leaves, that are offset from one another.
In this Herbarium, you can see a further breakdown of all the parts of Pinecone Ginger.
Pinecone Ginger Uses
These claims have not been reviewed by the FDA. They are not meant to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder.
- Shampoo – Recipe below!
- Wounds – Cut open rhizome and tie to the wound.
- Stomach ache – Grind and strain roots and combine with water and drink on an empty stomach. Or apply rhizome against stomach.
- Toothache – Cook the rhizome and place it on the affected area for as long as needed.
- Quench thirst – By squeezing the rhizome and drinking the liquid.
- Cooking spice – Leaves can be used to make pork or fish dishes have much better flavor.
- Baking – Leaves and stalks could be used in baking. I am not sure what purpose they would take in baking. There was not much information on this. It would be interesting and yummy smelling I bet!
- Digestion – Make a tea with the root, to possibly aid in digestion.
- External pain reliever – Applied externally as a pain reliever.
- Arthritis/achy joints – Apply warmed leaves as a poultice to affected area.
- Perfume/soaps – Added to other ingredients to act as a perfume in soap.
Using Pinecone Ginger as Shampoo
When the rhizome turns red, squeeze liquid onto hair and rub in as if shampooing hair. You can rinse it out but you don’t have to. Also, if you’d like to make a shampoo with Pinecone Ginger, check out the recipe below.
Recipe for Shampoo Ginger – Pinecone Ginger Shampoo Recipe
Since there isn’t much information out there on storing pinecone ginger juice, it’s unknown how long it will last when removed from the rhizome. Therefore, I recommend making small batches.
Pinecone Ginger Shampoo
- 1/4 cup Pinecone Ginger Juice
- 1/4 cup Castile Soap (unscented)
- 1 tsp Olive or Almond Oil (*optional)
- Add both ingredients to a bottle.
- Mix Well.
- Use 1 tbsp on hair or body. Use more for longer hair.
- 1/4 cup Pinecone Ginger Juice or buy rhizomes to plant yourself (planting instructions below)
- 1/4 cup Castile Soap, preferably unscented
- Optional for dry hair 1 tsp olive or almond oil
- Combine ingredients in a bottle.
- Mix well.
- Use about 1 tsp on hair or body. Use more for longer hair.
Pinecone Ginger Uses I’ve Tried
The only one of these I have tried was the shampoo part. I can’t wait to get more so I can try these other uses myself! Please educate yourself before you forage and consume any plants!
I told you I washed my hair with this Pinecone Ginger, but after I did it, my mom said I wonder if you extract the liquid and keep the rhizome intact without cutting it, will it produce more liquid, or will it die?
That made me wonder for sure. I’ve only had one bloom on my gingers so far, so if I get one I may try it but also I read that it is really easy to grow more with just a rhizome!
They say these can take over a garden, they are somewhat invasive. I kinda don’t mind they are so pretty and I can keep them away from my future garden! So I’m not sure if I should try my mom’s idea or should I plant more of these beautiful plants!
How to Replant Pinecone Ginger
Pinecone Ginger is winter hardy up to USDA Zones 8-10.
- Plant in an area that gets full sun to partial shade.
- Planting a rhizome: Dig a hole deep enough for the rhizome to be down 4 inches from the top.
- Water regularly – These are drought tolerant but, mostly likes a regular amount of water on a schedule. They also need well-draining soil.
- You can harvest a rhizome and plant it next spring by keeping it in a cool, dry place.
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