Kapok flowers are not simply ornamental, but also of great use.
Kapok flowers are commonly used traditional Chinese medicines in Lingnan. They clear heat, promote diuresis and remove toxicity, and can be used to treat diarrhea, dysentery, and hemorrhoids bleeding.
Kapok flowers can be used as herbal tea ingredients. In “five flowers tea”, the most common and popular herbal tea in Lingnan, one of the flowers is kapok flower.
Kapok flowers are also favorite soup ingredients in Guangdong. For example, kapok flower lean meat soup clears damp and is easy to make.