Carnation petals have been steeped in wine to make wonderful cordials used to calm, relax and sooth depression or anxiety. The flower has long been associated with Mother’s Day as a symbol of love and affection. Carnations are also popularly used to help fight hot, damp bladder infections and constipation. The flower’s scent is similar to cloves and infused in rose water make an excellent hair perfume. Grown around your front door they will help protect your home. The Aztecs used carnations to help ease chest congestion and sore throats.