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. I am not a doctor. You should definitely consult your doctor before using any plants on skin, ingesting them, or using them in any way! Use as your own risk.
- 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.
- Add all of the ingredients to a bottle.
- Mix Well.
- Use 1 tbsp on hair or body. Use more for longer hair.
It’s unknown how long pinecone ginger juice should last since there isn’t much data on it. Therefore, I suggest making small batches of it at a time.
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Buy Pinecone Ginger Rhizomes & Juice
Pinecone ginger juice can sometimes be found on Etsy. You can do a quick search and find some listing there. On Amazon, sometimes I can find a listing for rhizomes.
Buy Empty Shampoo Bottles
I suggest getting a couple of empty shampoo bottles or using some empty ones around your house…
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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