Botanical Name: Tanacetum vulgare.
The name “tansy” comes from the Greek word “athanasia,” which means “immortality.” Tansy was thought to confer immortality, so it was used for embalming.
In spite of lacking research and evidence of any benefits, tansy remains a very popular and versatile herbal remedy, with a multitude of medicinal uses and applications.
In general, Tansy teas and extracts increase saliva and blood flow to the tissues in the mouth, stomach, intestines, and pelvic area. Tansy extracts may calm the nerves, decrease pain, promote sweating, increase bile production, and increase appetite in people with liver and gallbladder problems.
The most important medicinal quality of Tansy is the anti-parasitic and worm -expelling properties the active ingredients. The infusion of the dried leaves and flowering tops of tansy is often used to kill lice and as anthelmintic for threadworms and roundworms in children. Tansy is sometimes combined with other herbs for symptomatic relief of enlarged prostate.
Other historical and modern medicinal applications are listed below.
Tansy is used for digestive tract problems including stomach and intestinal ulcers, certain gallbladder conditions, gas, bloating, stomachache, stomach spasms, and poor appetite. It is also used for painful conditions including migraines, nerve pain (neuralgia), joint pain (rheumatism); and for heart conditions including rapid heartbeat (palpitations) and fluid retention caused by congestive heart failure.
Some women use tansy to start menstruation or cause an abortion. DO NOT USE IN PREGNANCY.
Tansy may be applied directly to the affected area for scabies, itching, bruises, sores, sprains, swelling, freckles, inflammation, vaginal discharge, sunburn, toothache, and tumors. It is also applied to the skin as an insect repellent.
In foods and beverages, tansy is used as a flavoring agent. Some use Tansy as a natural pest deterrent in the garden.