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Common Name: TANSY
Scientific Name: Tanacetum vulgare

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Tanacetum vulgare


  • Perennial
  • Strongly aromatic erect perennial with dark green pinnate leaves, divided into toothed leaflets.
  • Bears clusters or yellow button like flowers in late summer and autumn.
  • Cut it back when getting untidy.
  • Hardy.
  • Full sun.
  • Good compost activator.

Culinary Uses

  • Leaves have a bitter spicy flavour.
  • Young leaves can be used sparingly and with discretion for flavouring.

Parts Used

  • Leaves and flowers. Whole plant.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Strong de-worming remedy: expel tape/round/thread worm.
  • Carminative, antispasmodic, digestive disorders, stimulant medicine.
  • Treat migraine, liver disorders and kidney weakness. Aid gout.
  • Stimulates uterus and menstrual bleeding
  • External: various skin conditions, relieve sprains, reduce swelling, neuralgia and painful rheumatic parts
  • Itching skin - kill scabies, fleas and lice

Other Uses

  • Insect Repellent:
  • Moth, ant, fly and flea repellent.
  • Rub meat with this plant and flies will not sit on it.
  • Hang fresh Tansy bunches upside down in the kitchen/ Rub the windowsill and kitchen counter with it to keep flies away.
  • Natural disinfectant in the home
  • Potpourri.
  • In Finland, it is used as a green dye.
The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded through history. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner.

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