Screwpine or pandan leaf is well known in preparations of traditional cakes among Malaysians, also as flavouring and fragrance. It is also used in preparing traditional bath or ointment. Almost all houses in Malaysian villages have pandan planted in their compound. This plant can grow easily in damp and wet area. Some people use as fragrance in their car or finely chop the leaves to be used in customary rituals in Malay weddings.
The info from wikipedia describes Pandan Leaf as follows:
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The sweet smell of pandan awakens your appetite. Many sweet delicacies are prepared using the leaf like traditional cakes, jelly, sweet gravy, or sticky rice. Some just soak pandan in the gravy, some will grind it and extract the green colour and also the smell.
For traditional rituals, pandan leaves are mainly used in herbal bath, as fragrance or bunga rampai (Malay potpourri) to be given to guests and to celebrate the wedding.
For beauty therapy pandan can be used as follows :
Boil 2 inch of pounded ginger, a few pandan leaves, 1 cinnamon, palm sugar – steep n drink it cold or warm. The benefit of this drinks are to promote your metabolic rate, reduce stress, kill any parasite/worm in your body, calming, help digestion, aiding blood circulation, reduce skin problem ( as it cleanse your intestine), mild astringent, improve vitality and also it add spice to yr sensuality! (aphrodisiac)
For Your Hair
Remove dandruff with pandan leaves. Pound the leaves, mix it with a bit of water and put on yr scalp for 30 mins. Rinse. do not use shampoo but condition yr hair organic hair conditioner.
Credit to : kiranamaya
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