Carnation or Dianthus caryophyllus, is a flowering plant in the Caryophyllaceae family, native to Europe, and Asia but now cultivated in many regions of the world. Plants in this category are commonly referred to as carnations or pink family with more than 2000 species. In full bloom, carnation flowers have 5 petals ranging from pink, white to purple color. Presently, there are more than 300 varieties of carnations around the world. This plant has been cultivated for thousands of years for its fragrance, beauty, and medicinal benefits. Here, we will examine medicinal carnation properties.
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Carnations got their botanical name “Dianthus” from a combination of two words “dios” in reference to Zeus, the Greek god and “anthos” for flower. That is why they are fondly referred to as “Flowers of God”. These flowers are good for:
Carnations have compounds that reduce inflammation, soothe the nervous system, and assist in balancing hormones in women with hormonal imbalances. The flowers are great for reducing tension, and discomfort associated with menstrual cramps and other uterine issues including endometriosis, a condition that occurs when endometrium tissues that normally grow in the uterus develop in other areas including fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Carnations have been used for years to manage stomach upsets and fevers. Records in a 1618 publication pharmaceutical book, Pharmacopoeia Londinensis, shows that carnations were used as hot drinks or tonics to help in fighting pestilence, fevers, and many other infections.
In Europe, carnations were the traditional remedy of choice for people experiencing stress. These flowers were brewed into herbal teas and administered to people struggling with anxiety and stress. The brew was also used to treat fatigue and mild depression.
In ancient China, carnation flower infusion and tea were regularly used to re-energize the body and help people relax.
Oil derived from carnation flowers has therapeutic value. It treats skin rashes and conditions the skin. Many skin care products use oil to reduce signs of premature aging such as facial wrinkles. The oil is also used to treat eczema and rosacea.
In massage oils, carnations are used to assist in healing the skin, soothing and restoring skin vitality while their fragrant, calming scent help to lift moods.
Diuretic and expectorant
Ancient Aztecs used carnation as infusions by dipping the petals in hot water and using them as a diuretic. Indian tribes also used the flowers to relieve chest congestion by making syrup comprising of carnation petals and sugar boiled for 3 hours to make a potent, therapeutic cocktail.
Ultimately, the medicinal carnation properties stipulated above show that these flowers are not only popular for their beauty and fragrance but also due to their health benefits.