Dianthus flowers are edible and often used in cooking. Their fresh petals can be used to liven up salads, sandwiches and pies (petals should be removed from the calyx and their bitter white base should be removed). An essential oil is obtained from the flowers that is largely used in perfumery and is credited with providing many therapeutic benefits to the individual. These benefits include an anti-inflammatory effect, helping with hair loss, act as a muscle relaxant. Flower heads are dried and used in pot-pourri, scented sachets and other cosmetic application. the plant quite rich in saponins, leaves can be simmered in water and this water can then be used then as a soap for cleaning the skin, hairs,clothes,…
MEDICAL USES: Dianthus is a key herb used in Chinese herbal medicine to treat urinary difficulties. In Western herbal Medicine, the entire plant is used as a bitter tonic herb that stimulates the urinary system, digestive system, and bowels. Dianthus chinesis is classified as antibacterial, anthelmintic, antiphlogistic, diuretic, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, and haemostatic. Externally a decoction is used to treat skin inflammations and swellings.
Plants, flowers and herbs have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes with effective results. From petals to roots, offering a variety of components and ingredients that may provide relief from pain, swelling and infection.