Benefits of Tansy

Tansy is an old world plant now naturalized and growing all over the U.S. It is often grown in the herb garden for medicinal purposes and occasionally for flavoring. The name “tansy” is presumed to come from the Greek name Athanasia meaning “immortality” or “everlasting.”

In the old days, tansy was a very popular herb. It was used in Easter cakes and puddings, because it was considered good for the health in the springtime.

As a flavoring, it is used in omelets, baked, and fried fish, etc. The liquor. Chartreuse, is made from it.

It is also used in closets to repel moths, and it is claimed that meat wrapped or rubbed with the leaves will keep the flies away (this should be of interest to campers).

The entire HERB is official in the U.S.

The odor is strong, peculiar, and fragrant but much diminished by drying. The taste is warm, bitter, somewhat acrid, and aromatic. These properties are imparted to water and alcohol. The medical virtues of the plant depend on a bitter extractive and a volatile oil. The seeds contain the largest proportion of the bitter principle and the least of the volatile oil. They must be cut in full bloom, dried carefully, and stored in a tightly closed container.

Tansy has the medicinal properties common to the aromatic bitters and has been recommended as a tonic in intermittents, female conditions such as hysteria, kidney weakness, ammenorrhea, and as a preventative of severe temporary attacks of arthritis, after exhaustive diseases (debility) and fevers. As a tonic, an infusion is said to soothe the nerves and aid digestion. It is recommended for palsy because of its good effect on the sinews.

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A hot infusion will influence a free outward flow of circulation, useful for the relief of colds, menstrual flow when suppressed by a recent cold, and in painful menstruation.

In palpitation, boil 1 oz. in 1 pt. water for 10 min. and take 1 wine-glassful 4 or 5 times daily. The results will be excellent.

Tansy is often used as a reliable remedy for worms. The seeds are said to be most effectual. The dose of the powder is from 30 gr. to a dr., 2 or 3 times a day but the infusion is used more frequently. The infusion of 1 oz. to 1 pt. boiling water is taken warm in 1/2 teacupful doses, night and morning, fasting, for a few days. This should expel both thread and tapeworms in children and adults. Give children half of that quantity.

A decoction of tansy is a good foment for sprains and a poultice will frequently relieve pruritis vulva.

Tansy flowers are fine for winter bouquets. Cut flowers when freshly opened and dry.

An excellent green dye is made from the roots.

Dose of the Liq. X, 1/2 to 2 Dr.

Tansy must NOT be used by the pregnant, especially the oil.

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