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Tansy, therapeutic properties, characteristics of the plant and advice on use for natural treatments or in the kitchen.

Tansy, plant

Thetansyis a spontaneous perennial plant characterized by yellow flowers with a very intense smell. Thetansy, botanicallyTanacetum vulgare, belongs to the Asteraceae family. From the same family, other species are very popular:

  • Tanacetum cinerariifolium
    Known as pyrethrum, very famous in biological agriculture for its insecticidal properties.
  • Tanacetum balsamita
    Known as Roman mint.
  • Tanacetum parthenium
    Known as feverfew. Its properties are roughly identical to those of the tanacetum vulgare described on this page.

Thetansyit grows spontaneously throughout the Italian territory. It is absent only in rare areas of the South and in Sardinia. It can be found in uncultivated fields, on grassy mountain slopes, at the edges of roads or along the banks of waterways.

Tansy, property

The strong smell typical oftansyit is due to the high content of camphor. Theproperties of tansythey are related to various active ingredients such as flavonoids, parthenolides, terpenes, sequiterpene and the same camphor.

It is its active ingredients that make it a natural remedy suitable for preventing the appearance of headaches. An infusion of tansy can be very useful for those who suffer from a nervous headache. It does not help much in case of postural headache because in this context we should act on the cause of the headache and assume a more correct posture.

In the tansy flowersthere is a bitter substance calledtanacetin. The leaves are rich in glycosides, gallic acid, essential oils and flavonoids.

In alternative medicine, the dried leaves of tansy is used for the preparation of infusions and herbal teas considered mild remedies against difficult digestion, seasonal flu and, in general, to strengthen the body. Infusions were also used to aid in wound healing. In detail, here are the properties of tansy:

  • Digestive (stimulates digestion in the stomach)
  • Febrifuges (lowers body temperature)
  • Tonic (strengthens the body)
  • Vermifuge (prevents the appearance of intestinal worms)
  • Astringents (limits the secretion of liquids)
  • Vulneraries (facilitates wound healing)

The leaves to be dried and used for the preparation of infusions and herbal teas must be collected before flowering.

Tansy in the kitchen

Thetansy in the kitchenit is widely used in Piedmont and southern France where it is used for the production ofArquebuse liqueur (Alpestre), vermouth and for the production of Alpestri candies. In Piedmont thetansyit is counted among the traditional agri-food products approved by the Regional Council.

Thetansyit is used to flavor omelettes and salads while our grandparents used it for herbal teas and teas capable of promoting digestion. The use of thetansyit is not limited in Italy and France but is widespread throughout Europe, for example, in Northern England it is used to flavor pudding and biscuits. In Yorkshire, i seeds of tansy they are used to prepare traditional biscuits for funeral occasions.

Tansy as a dye

Thetansy is used for the production ofnatural dyes, in fact from the flowers of this plant the yellow is obtained while from the young shoots it is possible to produce a green dye.

Tansy is toxic

Among the active ingredients of thetansysquares thethujone(also present in wormwood and sage) and for this reason the leaves are poisonous if consumed in large quantities. Thujone is a volatile oil or terpene, and is among the most popular compounds found in absinthe-based alcoholic beverages.

Thujone is considered by many to be an aphrodisiac substance, however it has harmful effects on human health. We speak of a toxic active ingredient because it can cause: convulsions, hallucinations, spasms, increased brain activity and in some individuals even death.

Given the effects listed above, it would be better to use this natural remedy after consulting your doctor.

Tansy, where to buy it

In shops specializing in the purchase and sale of natural products it is rare to find remedies based on tansy. Yet, on the web, there is no shortage of dried leaves, tansy-based teas, extracts in capsules or tinctures. For all information on recruitment and available products, please refer to the Amazon page: tanacetum vulgare.

Tansy, other uses

Thetansy is used for the production ofnatural dyes, in fact from the flowers of this plant the yellow is obtained while from the young shoots it is possible to produce a green dye.

How to grow tansy

Who intends to start a cultivation of tansy, must prepare a light, fresh and very sunny soil. You can start growing tansy from seeds or plants: tansy is also considered an ornamental plant so in nurseries you can buy well-established tansy bushes.

Who starts the cultivation from seed, will have to start the work in the spring: sow in the spring and then transplant the already vigorous and well developed seedlings.

Tansy as a natural repellent

On an industrial level, thetansyit is used for the production of insecticides and repellents. In the home environment, with thetansy, it is possible to prepare natural remedies against cockroaches or other repellents to protect the garden.

Thanks to the strong aroma ofcamphor, thetansycan be grown near balconies and windows for drive away flies, ants and other small insects.


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