Tanacetum vulgare


Names: Batchelor’s Buttons

Habitat: A common European wild plant.

Collection: The leaves and flowers are collected during
the flowering time between June and September.

Part Used: Aerial parts.


  • Volatile oil, thujone, sabinene, camphor, l, 8-cineole, umbellulone,
    [[alpha]]-pinene, bornyl acetate and germacrene D
  • Sesquiterpene lactones; parthenolide, artemorin, tatridin,
    11, 13-dehydrodesacetyl- matricarin, l-epiludovicin-C
  • Flavonoids; apigenin, diosmetin, quercitin, jaceidin, jaceosidin.

Actions: Anthelmintic, bitter, carminative, emmenagogue.

Indications: Tansy is an effective remedy for use in ridding
the digestive tract of infestations of worms. Whilst it is quite
safe for this, its continued use over a period of time should be
avoided as some of the constituents of the oil are quite dangerous
in large dosage. The herb is effective against roundworm and threadworm
and may be used in children as an enema. As a bitter it will stimulate
the digestive process and ease dyspepsia, having all the actions
of a bitter tonic. It may be used as an emmenagogue to stimulate
menstruation, but must be avoided during pregnancy. Externally
a lotion may be useful in cases of scabies.

CAUTION: Avoid during pregnancy.

Combinations: For intestinal worms it may be used
with Wormwood and a carminative such as Chamomile, in conjunction
with a purgative like Senna.

reparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling
water onto 1 teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse
for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk twice a day.
Tincture: take 1-2ml of the tincture three times a day.

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Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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