In Malaysia, the Frangipani is sometimes known as Graveyard Flower or Bunga kubur as it is a plant that is grown in a lot of cemeteries. There is also this local belief it is a favourite shelter of ghosts and demons. In Malay folklore, the scent of this flower has often been linked to the pontianak or vampire.
Here are some interesting facts about the Frangipani tree or the Tree of Life.
Common names: Frangipani, Plumeria, Tree of Life, Egg Flower, Bunga Kemboja, Hawaiian Lei Flower
Scientific name: Plumeria alba
The Chinese and Tibetans call this native fragrant beautiful flower, the ‘Egg Flower' because its coloration looks like a yolk being enwrapped in egg whites.Plumeria produces strongly fragrant flowers which are used in some expensive perfumes. The flowers are also important symbols in many cultures. Frangipani is known as the Tree of Life in India as a branch cut from the tree will continue to blossom and will grow into a new tree when placed in the ground. Frangipani was a favourite flower of Lord Krishna.
•After being sun-dried, the beautiful, fragrant Egg Flowers can also be made into a sweet tasting tea, which is normally called Egg Flower tea;
•Chinese, Tibetans, Koreans also use this flower in Egg Flower Soup because of its curative features.
•The tea has effects of reducing fever.
•Good for wiping out diarrhea.
•Cleaning the lungs and detoxification.
•Traditionally the milky sap is applied to fresh wounds as a disinfectant, so the tea has some anti-bacterial qualities.
•Frangipani and Jasmine, two of the world's most fragrant flowers, together with or without bath salt in a hot bath create an aromatic, delightful experience.
•Mix frangipani and Jasmine flowers with bath salt and a little coconut oil for a great spa skin rub. Watch your skin glow as the scented salt rubs off dead skin cells. Moisturizing and anti-bacterial, it is especially suited for oily skin.
•In aromatherapy, Frangipani oil assists in restoring peace & harmony.