Zingiber zerumbet (Shampoo Ginger)

A ginger which produces a clear fragrant juice from the mature red cones which can be used as a shampoo and conditioner. The roots are also a valuable herbal medicine, usually ground, and used for various ailments. Deciduous.

Synonyms (AKA): Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Smith (used when referenced in medicine)


Typical height: 1.5 to 2m
Climate: Prefers tropical or subtropical climates, or warm protected areas in Temperate climates (eg. Sydney)
Light conditions: Part shade
Growth habit: Clumping
Growing conditions: Moist well drained soil, rich in organic matter
Flowers: Summer / Autumn
Origin: South East Asia


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67  in stock
Zingiber zerumbet (Shampoo Ginger) - 180mm pot Zingiber zerumbet (Shampoo Ginger) - 180mm pot
Typical height 40cm
12  in stock
Zingiber zerumbet (Shampoo Ginger) - 300mm pot Zingiber zerumbet (Shampoo Ginger) - 300mm pot
Typical height 1m


Perhaps the most common use of the plant  is as a shampoo and conditioner. The clear fragrant juice present in the mature flower heads that resemble red pine cones is used for softening and bringing shininess to the hair. It can be left in the hair or rinsed out. 

The juice that is squeezed out is quite slimy and is therefore suitable as a massage lubricant.

The fragrant leaves and leaf stalks can be used to wrap food when cooking to enhance the flavor of pork and fish as they cooked.

The aromatic underground rhizomes can be sliced, dried, and pounded to a powder. The traditional uses of this plant are quite varied, from general pain relief of sprains to toothaches (applying the ground pulp to affected areas), to ingestion for treatment of stomach aches, worms, and diarrhea.

Its also becoming a more and more important plant in modern medicine. New studies also link an extract from this plant called  'zerumbone' to having the ability to destroy cancerous cells in the human liver. 




Zingiber zerumbet (Shampoo Ginger) - 180mm pot

Barcode 101684201574
Shipping Weight 2.0000kg

Zingiber zerumbet (Shampoo Ginger) - 300mm pot

Barcode 101684201575
Shipping Weight 9.0000kg

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