Boesenbergia Stenophylla@Jerangau Merah

I’ve heard about it before and I’ve chew it before but I’ve not seen it with my own eye until I get myself involved in etho-botany research for my current research on the Penans.

I’m refering to a medicinal plant which is locally and commonly known as ‘Jerangau’ in Sarawak.

a grove of 'jerangau merah'

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.

up,close and personal of 'jerangau merah'

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.

my jerangau merah planted in a pot, hopefully it will grow fast ;p

I hope my ‘jerangau merah’ will grow well under my care and love. 😉


  1. vone

    13 November, 2009 at 12:12 am

    kalau jerangau tu dah banyak nanti…bagi lah sikit…pernah dengar nam jak sik pernah cuba hehehe

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      13 November, 2009 at 10:56 am

      bolehhh..bagus tuk ibu baru bersalin juak tok. tunggu jerangau aku tumbuh banyak akan ku bagi satu hutan jerangau padamu.. ;p

  2. vone

    13 November, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    yakah…mun utk wanita bersalin,mcm nea nak pake?ko bg aku satu hutan jerangau…boleh2,biar aku g minum aja2 n dpt klhkan org nk kuat minum hehehe

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      13 November, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      camne mok pake, biarlah rahsia mmuahahaha.. ;p nya sama cara dengan amalan makan jamu. bagus pake orang ada asma juak tok. 😉

  3. pilgrimsmaster

    13 November, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    if i didn’t see it here i wud have 4gotten that i took pics of the jerangau ;D

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      14 November, 2009 at 8:23 am

      so what are you wating for? go and blog about it now.. :p

  4. judzman

    30 December, 2010 at 12:36 am

    hi..sebenar nya sy ada banyak jerangau yang sudah di kering dan di potong2 tp sy x tau nak gunanya selain jadi nak jual tp x tau harga nya? ada cadangan? klu utk perempuan pula apa kegunaan nya? klu asma macam mana tu yer?

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      30 December, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      hello judzman,
      oleh kerna saya bukan pakar dalam hal ethno-botany maka saya sendiri pun kurang pasti kelebihan jerangau selain daripada menjadi agen penawar tuk mengatasi mabuk. hanya mereka yang tahu atau terlibat dalam perubatan tradisional tahu akan kegunaan jerangau. terdapat 2 jenis jerangau iaitu jerangau putih dan jerangau merah. jerangau merah dikatakan mempunyai harga pasaran yang lebih tinggi daripada jerangau putih.

      di sini saya cuma berkongsi pengalaman menggunakan jerangau. bab harga ni, tak terlintas pulak saya nak tahu. mungkin elok kiranya saudara bertanyakan pakar perubatan tradisional seperti bidan ataupun syarikat-syarikat kosmetik tempatan. 🙂

  5. zaharibb

    8 August, 2011 at 5:46 am

    nice information piece. Had seen org jual ubat di kaki lima selling this herbal plant and explaining the uses, but I just couldn’t care less abt it then. However he said it is only found in the forest of Sarawak and Sabah. Not sure how true. Just like that kayu tas or kayu panas. Maybe in future you come across kayu tas and blog about it in your future etno-botanical outings. Wish I can join the adventure.

    1. ladybirdmollyz

      8 August, 2011 at 8:14 am

      i take note on the kayu tas Cikgu. something new to me too. 🙂

  6. Kelly

    6 September, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    hello, i wonder if can can get some of these from you? i’m from sri aman here, and i’m asking for my mother. she’s been looking for this plant for a long time, and has been asking around but so far she couldnt get any. when i told her about your blog she’s very excited…by the way, my name is Kelly.

  7. LadyBird Eileen®

    7 September, 2011 at 7:53 am

    hi Kelly – glad to know that the jerangau merah post somehow had reach your family. i dont mind to share it with others who are keen to have this plant due to the medicine value but unfortunately the jerangau merah doesnt grow well, it has died on me. 🙁

  8. Kelly

    8 September, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Oh dear, how sad…i’m very sorry to hear that. well, hope one day u’ll find a new jerangau merah plant. i told my mother about your 7-hours walk to get to the plant; and she says that she wished she was still as strong as before so that she can go there together with u. 🙂 i guess she missed all that because when she was younger, she loves going to the jungle to find sayur kampung n all that.

  9. LadyBird Eileen®

    8 September, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Kelly – that 7 hours of walk is just one way by the way but its worth it. not just about the medicine values plants but also to be able to get an insight view of my research subject. i dont mind to go back there again. 🙂

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