Shampoo ginger / Pinecone ginger

Scientific Name: Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Sm.

Arabic name(s): الزَّرْنَب

English name(s): Shampoo ginger / Pinecone ginger

Growth form: Shampoo ginger is a perennial herb

Order: Zingiberales

Family: Zingiberaceae

Genus: Zingiber Mill.

Species: Zingiber zerumbet (L.) Sm.

Citation in the Quran:

The plant is not mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.

Citation in the Hadit:

‘A’isha reported that (one day) there sat together eleven women making an explicit promise amongst themselves that they would conceal nothing about their spouses. The eighth one said: My husband is as sweet as the Zarnab (the sweet-smelling plant), and as soft as the softness of the hare.” Sahih Al Bukhari, book of marriage.

Habitat & Distribution:

Shampoo ginger “zarnab” is found in many tropical countries of Asia. It originates from India, then it spread throughout the world.

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