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Magical Plants: Carnation


(Dianthus carphyllus)

Probably one of the most common bunches of flowers purchased from supermarkets and petrol stations. They come in all sorts of colour variations and the flowers in a vase last for a long period of time. Carnation for me is THE healing flower (used in the Middle Ages to ease fever).

Wear a carnation in your lapel to bring about personal courage you could also add carnation petals to an amulet or charm. You all know the idea about going on a blind date and wearing a carnation in your button hole so that your date knows who you are? Well it also brings courage with it.

Hold a carnation flower in your hand and send any negative thoughts, emotions or feelings you have into the flower, let each petal soak it up then you can burn or bury it to take the negative energies away from you.

Carnation petals work especially well in healing spells, charms and pouches or even just a vase of them placed next to the bed of a person that is unwell will work their magical healing.

Hang dried carnation buds over the threshold of your house to bring protection.

You can also work with colour magic using carnations; red for love, white for peace, yellow for happiness etc. go with what the colour of the flower says to you.

Carnation tea for strength & healing

This is possibly the easiest tea in the whole world to make – all you need is 2 to 3 dried carnation flower heads, pop them into a tea pot and pour on boiling water, steep for 3-5 minutes then drink to bring healing, good health and inner strength.

Healing Incense blend

Equal parts of each:

Carnation flowers

Fennel seeds


Copal resin

Carnation Magical Properties:

Healing, strength, protection, release, courage

Ruling planet – Sun

Element – Fire

Gender – Masculine


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