Boesenbergia Stenophylla@Jerangau Merah
I’m refering to a medicinal plant which is locally and commonly known as ‘Jerangau’ in Sarawak.
Among the drinkers, the ‘jerangau’ is popular as an anti-drunk antidote where you either chew its root/stem or just put it between your teeth while having a drinking session. It is guaranted that you’ll never get drunk for as long as it stay in your mouth. I kid you not!
I’ve tried it before and it works. 😉
There are 2 types of ‘jerangau’ and they are known as ‘Jerangau Merah’ and ‘Jerangau Putih’. It is believed that ‘Jerangau Merah’ has stronger medicinal value as compared to ‘Jerangau Putih’. It is also said that the ‘jerangau’ is a very ‘delicate’ plant to grow on low land as it cannot be exposed too much under the hot sun. It grows wild on a plateau that provide the perfect weather condition for its growth.
During my recent field research trip to one of the remote area of a Penan settlement (nearby Gunung Murud Kecil and the Penan settelement location is located approximately at 400m above sea level) at Ulu Baram, I brought some live jerangau plant back home. It took me 7 hours of walking under the hot sun and rain via abandoned timber road to reach the medicinal plant.
I hope my ‘jerangau merah’ will grow well under my care and love. 😉