Carnation, Dianthus caryophyllus 'Grenadin'
Carnation for Incense, Cosmetics, Health and the Gourmet Kitchen
Dianthus caryophyllus, Edible flowers for the Scented Kitchen:
The clove-scented carnation flowers make a delicious syrup, is classy in fruit salads or stewed fruits. Candy the flowers for gourmet cake decorations! The calyx and the white base is bitter and should be removed.
Dianthus for cosmetics and a fragrant home:
Give your home a sweet and spicy scent with dried carnations flowers in potpourris and herbal sachets. No need to buy incense with questionable ingredients: thoroughly dried carnation flowers can be used as home-made incense. Lore tells that it has a positive effect on our energetic fields and clears negative thoughts. Or simply scent your home with a freshly picked bunch of carnation flowers!
Make your own cosmetics with Carnations:
Make your own perfumes and cosmetics with your dianthus flowers! Carnations were used against skin rashes. The best: carnation flowers can be used in anti-wrinkle creams - homemade and cheap!
Carnations in Folk Medicine:
Tea made from Dianthus caryophyllus was used against stress, nervousness, fatigue and minor depression. Folk medicine used carnation for some coronary disorders, to reduce inflammation. It is a women's herb helping with nervous conditions caused by hormonal imbalance and for endometriosis.
Symbolic meaning of White Carnations:
White carnations are a symbol of and good fortune.
Carnations in the Garden:
Dianthus caryophyllus 'Grenadin' is a mixture of pink, red and white double flowers. Good drainage is essential for winter hardiness. Plants perform best in areas with cool summers. Full Sun to part-shade. Likes lime.
USDA zone: 5-8
Other common names:
Gillyflowers, carnations, pinks, sweet Williams, picotees, selfs and fancies.
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