- The stem is erect and leafy, about 2 to 3 feet high, grooved and angular. The leaves are alternate, much cut into, 2 to 6 inches long and about 4 inches wide. The plant is conspicuous in August and September by its heads of round, flat, dull yellow flowers, growing in clusters, which earn it the name of ‘Buttons.’ It has a very curious, and not altogether disagreeable odour, somewhat like camphor.
- It is often naturalized in our gardens for ornamental cultivation. The feathery leaves of the Wild Tansy are beautiful, especially when growing in abundance on marshy ground, and it has a more refreshing scent than the Garden Tansy.
- Tanacetum vulgare is used as a homeopathic remedy.
- Anthelmintic, tonic, stimulant, emmenagogue.
- Tansy is largely used for expelling worms in children, the infusion of 1 OZ. to a pint of boiling water being taken in teacupful doses, night and morning, fasting.
- It is also valuable in hysteria and in kidney weaknesses, the same infusion being taken in wineglassful doses, repeated frequently. It forms an excellent and safe emmenagogue, and is of good service in low forms of fever, in ague and hysterical and nervous affections. As a diaphoretic nervine it is also useful.
- In moderate doses, the plant and its essential oil are stomachic and cordial, being anti-flatulent and serving to allay spasms.
- In large doses, it becomes a violent irritant, and induces venous congestion of the abdominal organs.
- This is a homeopathic remedy. Please consult your doctor before administering homeopathic remedies and proceed with caution.
- See Homeopathy for more information.