Scent Sense: Carnation

The carnation generally symbolizes love, with many of its colours having different meanings. For instance, red means deep love and admiration; white, purity and good luck; and yellow, friendship.

Carnations are durable, delicate and delightful, appreciated for their ruffled appearance. The carnation’s history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times, when it was used in art and decor. In the early part of the 20th century, carnations became the official flower of Mother’s Day, in addition to finding particular significance in many other cultures worldwide.

Loved by brides for their classic vintage and antique feel. The carnation is the birth flower for January and the national flower of Spain, Monaco, Ohio and Slovenia.

Its spicy, floral scent with clove-like undertones is used in many perfume compositions as well as the practice of aromatherapy and massage. In European herbal medicine, the carnation is used for treating nervous and coronary disorders, as well as a tea tonic for fevers.

The petals are often candied, used for flavouring fruit salads, wine, beer and punch bowls as well as garnishing salads and desserts. Alternatively, you can also use carnation petals as a substitute for rose petals while making syrup.

To this day, carnations remain a favourite flower choice for many different occasions. They are immediately recognizable flowers, and they possess a charm and allure that continues to captivate people around the globe