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Shampoo Ginger

Scientific name of Shampoo Ginger: Zingiber zerumbet / Amomum zerumbet

Name of Shampoo Ginger in different languages:-

English: Wild Ginger, Bitter Ginger, Pinecone Ginger.

Sanskrit: Awapuhi

Hindi: Nar-kachur, Banadrak-बनअदरक, Mahabari-bach,

Tamil: Araniyacaranai

Malayalam: Kolinchi-കോലിഞ്ചി, Kattinchi-കാട്ടിഞ്ചി.

Plant description:

It is a perennial herb, growing up to 1.5 meters tall, the leaves are long up to 50cm and 5 cm broad, arranged oppositely, tapered both ends, blade-shaped, margin entire, nerves reticulate, lance-shaped. Flowers are deep red, cone-shaped, born in rhizomes, up to 10 cm. Rhizomes are white, fragrant.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Lanceolate Margin-Entire Venation-parallel

 Margin_Entire  parallel2


Useful plant parts:


Medicinal uses:

To treat cancers, injury, toothache or cavity, stomach ache etc.

Chemical contents:

Essential oils, zerumbone, alpha-humulene, humulene epoxide II

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