Carnation flowers and their interesting uses

Carnations are a popular choice of cut flowers for special occasions and for simply decorating your own home. Of course, like so many things that nature has to offer, they are not just pretty to look at. Carnation flowers are known to offer a lot of benefits and they have been used to treat various ailments over the years.

Medicinal purposes

In India, during the 1980s, research revealed that carnations could help protect us against poisoning. It is also believed that they can help relieve muscle spasms, improve heart health, calm the nervous system and increase the production of sweat. Of course, further testing is required in order to support these findings.

Skin care

Carnation flowers are often used in lotions and soaps. This is because they are believed to relieve skin conditions like eczema and various skin irritations. Of course, much like the medicinal uses mentioned above, their use in skin care also requires further testing in order to determine the degree to which they can help soothe such conditions.

Essential oil

Essential oil can be extracted from the carnation flower. This oil can be used to boost the body’s anti-inflammatory response. It is often used to smooth wrinkles and soothe rashes. It is also believed to help relax muscles and prevent hair loss. For external use, it is important to first test this oil out on an unaffected part of your body to make sure that you do not have any allergic reaction. Once you determine that you do not have any adverse reactions, you can then apply the oil to the affected area several times each day.

Even if you do not wish to use a carnation flower bouquet for medicinal purposes, you can still enjoy the beauty of such a bouquet. Fresh flowers are known for providing a mental and emotional boost. During the colder months of the year, this can prove highly beneficial for those who suffer from the winter blues.