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Beehive Ginger Portal
Original Oil on Canvas, 36" x 60"
Gallery Wrapped on 1 1/2" Depth Stretcher Bar
American Orchid Society -  Director of Education Note:

Zingiber zerumbet was the inspiration for this work. While not edible like its close relative, Zingiber officinale, this species
does have a rich ethnobotanical history. A native to Southeast Asia it is most widely known around the world as the
"Shampoo Ginger" for the milky substance in the cones, and it is in fact used as a shampoo in Asia and Hawaii , and as an
ingredient in several commercial shampoos. In addition it has been used as medicine for sprains, indigestion and other
ailments. In traditional use, the root was ground with a stone mortar and pestle, and the pulp placed in a cloth and loosely
bound around the injured area. To ease a stomach ache, the ground and strained root material was mixed with water and
drunk. For a toothache or a cavity, the cooked and softened ‘awapuhi’ root was pressed into the hollow and left for as long as
was needed.
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