Common Name: Carnation
Latin Name: Dianthus Caryophyllus
Folk Names: Jove's Flower, Flower of Flowers, Gillies, Gillyflower, Nelka, Pinks, Scaffold Flower, Sops-in-wine, Tunica.
Carnations are blooms that have been cultivated for at least 2,000 years and said to have originated in Greece. Then name of the flower actually means "Flower of the Gods" and there is approximately 300 species in the genus. They can be found in red, white, red, black, blue, purple, green, and multicolored blooms.
Depending on the color carnations have different uses, according to Ellen Dugan they are: Red: Love, Passion, and Healing. Pink: Maternal Love, Beauty, and Best friends. Yellow: Friendship and Happiness. Orange: Energy and Vitality. Purple: Passion and Mystery. White: Peace, Protection, and Love. Red and White Striped: "A Refusal". Green: Fertility, Prosperity, Money, Success, career, and abundance.
Since carnations are associated with the planet Jupiter they are ideal for use in magickal applications related to good fortune, luck, money, fertility, legal matters, friendship, ambition, career, success, and protection.
To work with the energies of carnations place bouquets of the flower around the home and/or altar.
Carnation tea can be used to help relieve stress and nervousness and to treat minor depression and fatigue..
Carnation infusion can be used to relieve nausea caused by seasickness.
When used in massage oils, carnations promote healing of the skin and vitality that soothes and restore skin, the carnation also gives the skin a smell that is soothing and calming.