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The tansy occupies, without a doubt, a very important place in the history of medicinal plants. It is a plant native to northern Europe and Asia, typical of humid places, increasingly rare to see when moving south. In the ancient world, it was attributed properties that prolonged human life, hence many myths that linked it to immortality.

From tansy, by way of introduction, it should be mentioned that it has an active principle which is the source of all its medicinal properties. Consumed in certain doses, it is extremely beneficial, but it is incredibly toxic if this plant is abused.

Tanaceto technical sheet

  • Common name in Spanish: tansy, worm grass, athanasia, imperial palm, good man, St. Mary’s herb, feather, St. Mark’s herb, convulsion herb.
  • Scientific name: Tanacetum vulgare
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Characteristics and habitat: it is an erect and robust perennial that can reach 1 m in height. It has a very strong scent that characterizes it, erect reddish stems that develop from easily reproducing stolons, with very aromatic dark green pinnate leaves. It thrives in crop fields, roadsides, banks and abandoned fields.

Benefits of tansy

In the chemical composition of tansy, there are alkaloids such as tansy, tannins and mucilage, as well as sesquiterpenes which give it analgesic effects, having great potential to relieve and reduce the frequency of headaches and ailments. migraines. Traditionally, it was widely used for its anthelmintic properties, and in small doses, it has carminative, stimulating and digestive tonic properties.

Tansy has been used to facilitate menstruation, helping to reduce pain caused by PMS. The beta-thujone contained in tansy is at the origin of its deworming properties, particularly effective against intestinal worms and tapeworms.

The flowers have purifying properties to treat fluid build-up and pain caused by gout, which is why it is also indicated for people with arthritis. In addition, the oils present in the plant have a high relaxing capacity and greatly reduce stomach spasms caused by nerves or anxiety, and can even calm epileptic seizures.

How is tansy taken?

It is mostly consumed as a tea, but the dose will vary depending on what you want to treat:

  • For menstrual disorders: Prepare an infusion of 5 to 10 grams of tansy flowers for each liter of water. Let sit and take one cup a day during the menstruation process.
  • For scabies: prepare an infusion of 20 grams of flowers and tansy stems for each liter of water and apply locally to the skin.
  • Anti-inflammatory to reduce the pain of strokes: dilute 30 drops of essential oil of tansy in 150 ml of water or alcohol, apply to the painful area and massage.
  • For headaches and migraine: prepare an infusion with 10-20 grams of tansy leaves per liter of water. Take one cup of infusion per day, while you are in pain, rest for a week and repeat the next one.
  • For the treatment of arthritis and gout: the leaves crushed and warmed in hot water reduce pain when applied where the source is generated.
  • As a dewormer: take 5% infusion of seeds or dried flowering tops.

Contraindications of tansy

A high dose of tansy extract is poisonous and may cause abortion during pregnancy. Likewise, it is recommended to avoid its consumption during lactation.

Chewing on its leaves has also been observed to cause injuries, sores and ulcers in the mouth and stomach.

In all cases, its use must be totally restricted and supervised by specialist doctors who assess the dose to be consumed and whether there are reverse reactions in the presence of other drugs and treatments.

Other uses of tansy

Tansy has nutritional properties, its young leaves are edible and can be used as an aromatic herb. It has sometimes been used as a flavoring for cakes in Northern European cuisine, as it is said to taste very similar to nutmeg.

On Passover, it was believed that consuming the green leaves of tansy reduced the excess salt accumulated in the body after consuming all the salted fish that the Lent season required.

Other uses of tansy have to do with its insecticidal properties. It is especially applied against snails, slugs, ants, caterpillars and aphids.

Remember to consult your doctor before starting any treatment with herbal remedies.