tansy site


(Tanacetum vulgare)

Tansy is a strong smelling perennial plant, native to Europe, although it has become naturalised in North America. It can be found growing wild on waste ground, in hedgerows and on roadsides as well as being widely cultivated. Tansy was used in Britain in the Middle Ages as a ‘strewing herb’ at burials, due to its insect repelling properties. For centuries, tansy has also been used to expel worms, particularly in children, as well as keeping away fleas, bed bugs and head lice.

Tansy contains a volatile oil consisting of sequiterpene lactones and thujone. It acts as a tonic on the digestive system, stimulating the appetite, as well as being an effective vermifuge.

Summary of Actions

Appetite stimulant