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March 27th, 2008, 04:38 PM
I brought some yesterday, but was wondering if anyone has some more information on it. I found info on this one site....


I noticed it says it stimulates hair roots and would love any more info on that? Or maybe if anybody has found it helps growth.....or anything really.

All ideas very welcome!!

March 27th, 2008, 09:18 PM
I have heard that it is used for fragrance. If it has other uses I'd like to know so that I can add that to the Indian Herb article.

The Latin name seems to be HEDYCHIUM SPICATUM.

It also seems to be called this: Curcuma Aromatica but most of the info here is on Chinese medicinal uses.

It's either a type of ginger or turmeric.

It's pretty.

March 28th, 2008, 08:52 AM
The problems with sorting out a lot of the Indian products IMO, are the spellings and the interchangeable names - Kapoor is also spelled Kapur. Kachli on your product is spelled Kachri elsewhere.

There are 2 different plants under Kapur Kachri here, and a 3rd under just Kapoor and Kapur, plus Kapurakachali and Kapurakachari spellings.
Hedychium spicatum goes by Kapur Kachri, Kapurakachali and Kapurakachari.

Some links
Hedychium spicatum also goes by Karchura, here, as well as Kapur kachri.


"H. spicatum is known as Kapur-Kachri. ... and Kapur-Kachri both are not the regional or local names. These are Hindi names... "

March 28th, 2008, 09:47 AM
I completely agree ktani, indian products can get so confusing with the names.....it's like with Hesh, the dried herb bhringraj they call maka, but they sell a product called bhringraj oil....but then in the ingredients it's listed as maka! Thank god for latin/botanical names!

Thanks for those links....i'll go take a look now :)

Shell.....whatever i find out i'll definately add here :)

March 28th, 2008, 10:09 AM
Here is one more.

March 28th, 2008, 10:33 AM
If what you has is Hedychium spicatum, there is research on its medicinal use on the net but I saw no references to it being used on hair.

I did not persue that though.




March 28th, 2008, 10:54 AM
Just to add to the fun. Curcuma Aromatica is part of the ginger family but not from what I can see what you may have.

An article of the confusion of plant names.

Sorting Curcuma names with synonyms

March 28th, 2008, 11:25 AM
Ok - mystery solved, I think.

It is the 2nd plant listed under Kapur Kachri, and is also a ginger - Kaempferia galanga.

It has hair applications See "Medicinal Uses"

There is reference to it being used for dandruff here
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More here

March 28th, 2008, 11:33 AM
It's amazing isn't it! Part of the problem is that there are several languages spoken in India, so some of the names are variations based on regional names: Aritha vs. Reetha for example. I'll check out those links. I've always wanted to smell this stuff at any rate. I'm thinking of jaunting out to the Indian part of town to look at oils and sniff things. Thanks for all your input you two, and if I find more info, or we start to feel secure in our knowledge, I'll add it here, and to the Indian Hair Care Article.

March 28th, 2008, 11:48 AM
Shell - glad to help.

Kaempferia Galanga by yet another common name - "... popularly used as a hair wash."

March 28th, 2008, 12:07 PM
Oooo, checking it out!

March 28th, 2008, 12:14 PM
Did you read the bit about elephants farther down on the Medicinal page (first on the list)? Very funny.

March 28th, 2008, 12:17 PM
Sorry Ktani, i should have said....the latin one i have is hedychium spicatum. Thanks for those links :)

March 28th, 2008, 12:22 PM
Shell - yes I saw that - I think its cool - pun intended.

ChloeDharma - you are welcome - the 2 plants are probably closely related enough to have similar properties although I did not see references to that one used on its own but as an additive to hair wash powders. Now you have 2 things you can try instead of just 1 to see how you like them.

July 17th, 2008, 07:37 PM
I know this thread hasn't been touched much lately, but where can I buy this? I'd love to add it to my ayurvedic rinses. :) Thanks in advance. :o

November 25th, 2009, 06:17 PM
I would love more info about how to mix this for different uses (hair care, for coughs, etc.)