Blue ginger (alpinia galanga)


Real blue ginger is used in Herbal Essences Blue Ginger shampoos and conditioners, as certified by plant experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Blue ginger is also known as galangal, Thai ginger or Siamese ginger

What is blue ginger?

First harvested in Central Asia, blue ginger was primarily used for cooking and medicinal purposes. Also known as ‘galangal’, ‘Thai ginger’ or ‘Siamese ginger’, blue ginger was commonly used in Asian cuisine or to brew teas. Owing to its medicinal properties, blue ginger is still used in several traditional remedies.

Though you might have a tough time telling blue ginger and regular ginger apart owing to their appearance, they taste very different. Unlike the earthy taste of regular ginger, blue ginger possesses a sharp, citrusy flavour. So, a word of caution: do not interchange them in your recipes!

Despite the fact that there are several benefits of using blue ginger, it’s not as popular as its regular counterpart. Blue ginger is a rich source of iron, sodium, and vitamins A and C. Using ginger for hair is a time-tested remedy. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that strengthen your hair. Which why ginger is used to prevent *hair loss!

Herbal Essences Blue Ginger collection harnesses the qualities of blue ginger that promote hair growth and keep your hair healthy. Flaunt silky, shiny hair with our Blue Ginger collection that makes your hair radiant and voluminous.

Where does blue ginger come from?

Blue ginger, also known as ‘galangal’, is native to Indonesia.

With time, it has been cultivated across many Asian countries, especially the South East. Surprisingly, blue ginger is a flowering plant that grows up to 2-metres long and has wide, long, blade-like leaves. Its greenish-white flowers are a sight to behold!

*All references on this page refers to hair fall or hair loss due to breakage.