Tansy is flowering herb in the family Asteraceae in genus Tanacetum and
native to temperate region throughout the Europe including Mediterranean
Tansy has been used widely for medicinal purpose especially by women
since older times.
Other than medicinal uses tansy has many culinary uses as well and due
to its pleasant taste it is used in biscuits and other preparations around
Tansy is herbaceous flowering plant having finely compound leaves and
small yellow flowers.
The leaves are alternate, pinnately lobed, 10-15 cm long and segmented
into seven lobes from centre. It also gives toothed edges appearing
The flowers are yellow sweet smelled, flat like button and round borne
Tansy is mainly cultivated throughout the Eurasia and Europe as
Tansy thrives best in almost every soil and doesn't need any shade.
Tansy at times spreads like weed if it is undisturbed.
Tansy contains volatile oil thujone, bitter glycosides, sesquiterpene
lactones; terpenoids, flavonoids, tannin and terpenoids.
Tansy is usually employed as anthelmintic, tonic, stimulant and
It is commonly used to expel intestinal worms in children, cure
rheumatism, digestive problems, fever and helps in healing sores.
It is believed that tansy in older times was used to induce abortions
and contradictory to this fact it is also believed that tansy is used to
help in conceiving and regulating menstrual flow.
Tansy has various culinary uses too as it is been used to sprinkle on
various preparations around the Europe.