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Exotic Frangipani Flowers

Unsplash Vonita Buirski Frangipani

Exotic Frangipani Flowers

A delicate flower considered sacred,
which thrives in locations like Bali Indonesia.
What makes this so special?

Unsplash image by Vonita Buirski

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We recently returned from a week spent in Bali, Indonesia, on the way back from Melbourne Australia. 
I had forgotten about this wonderful flower which surrounded us, many of which were being collected and worn in our hair.  Let me share a little about the beautiful, Exotic Frangipani flowers!

Found on the Tree of Life’,  the Frangipani (Plumeria ) flower represents a natural toughness, with grace, wealth and perfection.  It has around 12 species of deciduous shrubs from the dogbane family.

Frangipani is native to the new world tropics and is regarded throughout history as extremely sacred.  For the Aztec empires, the plumeria signified elite status, and were found in the gardens of nobility.   Today, the trees are commonly found in areas of South-East Asia, Pacific Islands from Hawaii to New Zealand.

In some parts of Polynesian culture, the flower worn by women indicates whether or not they are seeking a relationship or spoken for.  Worn over the right ear is seeking, whilst over the left is taken!  In Hawaii, the flower, called ‘Melia’ is used for making ‘leis’.

Buddhist, Jain & Hindu followers honour the Frangipani as a sign of immortality, which allows the soul to continue after death.  In Bengali culture, the flower is associated with funerals and death, whilst regions like Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia with ghosts and cemeteries.  The Balinese Indonesians Hindus use the flowers when making offerings in their many temples.  Indian culture incorporates it with Sandalwood for their ’Champa’ incense, whilst in Sri Lanka, the Frangipani flower is associated with worship.  Last but not least, Swahili poets use the flower as a symbol of love.

The species of Plumeria tree can be found in Mexico, Caribbean, Central America including Brazil, and loves warmer climates like Florida, Australia and Indonesia.   They can live from 40 to 50 years, blooming in summer with it’s unique five petals in a funnel shape.  Once the flowers wither and fall, long, slender fruit takes its place, which can be from 15-30 cms long, with a diameter of 1 to 1.5cms.  The brown pod splits horizontally to release plenty of seeds.  The milky sap from this plant can cause irritation and rashes to the skin.

The flowers can be found in a variety of colours – pure white with pale yellow, bright orange, pink red, violet and a mix of these.  The colourful Frangipani flowers can be eaten, as long as they are not treated with pesticides.  By sun-drying out the Frangipani flowers, they can be used to make tea.   Ingesting the tea encourages deep internal cleansing which refreshes the body and mind. It can help clear the lungs, aid detoxification, bring relief from fever and stomach concerns.

Gallery: Various Colours of Frangipani. Hawaiian Lei, Bali Frangipani, Unsplash Christian Hume Frangipani oil.

” Frangipani flowers are used as leis in Hawaii,
and for making Hindu temple offerings in Bali.”

The Benefits for using Frangipani oil:

  • For Aromatherapy, Frangipani Essential oil offers a stimulating and romantic fragrance , enhancing one’s mind and body;
  • The essential oil has an aphrodisiac nature, which encourages the relaxation of nerves and muscles;
  • It can ease and bring relief for inflammation, headaches and back pain;
  • The hydrating properties of the Frangipani oil keeps one’s skin supple, enabling the relief to dry and cracked skin. </p>
  • Best described as exotic and tropical, Frangipani scent is sweet. It has a wonderful aroma of fresh floral, fruity, green and berry-like top notes.  The mid-notes smell like gardenia, Jasmine, rose with hints of peach, apricot and lemon, whilst the base notes are coconut and musk;
  • Some of the other essential oils it blends well with includes Bergamot, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Neroil (Orange Blossom), Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang;
  • The essential oil can be used to sooth your hands, nails and cuticles;
  • Apply the Frangipani oil to your skin after showering to encourages maximum absorption and hold the moisture. Use the oil whilst massaging and hydrating your skin;
  • Added to soaps, it can provide a wonderfully fragrant and nourishing feel to your skin.


  • Have you ever tried using Frangipani oil in your beauty routine? If yes, what products?
  • If you could have a product including Frangipani oil, what would it be?
  • What historical aspect about the Frangipani flower do you find the most interesting?

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