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Frangipani–King of Balinese Gardens

For sure you have noticed amazing colors of lush tropical gardens in Bali. The water lily, orchid, lotus, frangipani, gardenia.

Frangipani has the most incredible scent with those beautiful waxy five-petalled creamy flowers, with the honeyed yellow center. Heady and sweet, with a rich, intoxicating warmth to it. The flowers are eye-catching, but the fragrance is the star of the show.

The fragrance is also captured in frangipani essential oil, commonly used in Balinese aromatherapy massage. It has a wealth of benefits, including relieving stress and bring- ing tranquillity. When inhaling the scent of frangipani deeply, you can feel your mind and body relaxing. In Western cultures, Frangipani is most likely to evoke thoughts of warm sunny days and the enticing exoticism of tropical holidays. But in tropical and subtropical locations around the world, the Frangipani flower has an interestingly varied and culturally-bound significance. In Bali, the Frangipani tree is considered holy. They are commonly found at temples, and Balinese people can regularly be seen using and wearing the flowers while praying.

Bali Pocket 008_page92_image161Modern florists often recommend the Frangipani as a gift for someone who has been through many challenges because this plant must be heated to 260 degrees Celsius to start burning. Aside from a natural tough- ness, the delicate look of the flower makes it a symbol of grace, wealth, and perfection across Asia. This plant has flowers in colors from pure white to yellow, pink, red, and orange. You will also often see that Balinese scatter fresh petals and flowers around just to make things more beautiful. In that way, you can have a unique atmosphere in your bedroom or kitchen. Frangipanis are beautifully fragrant for the dinner table, and a glass bowl filled with water, and floating flowers also make a lovely decoration.

The frangipani also has a beautiful flower’s message; being delicate and beautiful does not mean that you are weak or incapable to meet a challenge.■

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