The healthful effects of Tansy tea have been known since the ancient times and these have contributed much to its being extensively used in folk medicine. Tansy has also been used as an insect repellant.
The tansy plant is a strongly aromatic herb that usually reaches a height of 2 or 3 feet. A perennial and herbaceous herb, it possesses a grooved and angular stem that is erect and leafy. Its leaves are about 2 to 6 inches long and about 4 inches wide. The tansy plant produces bright yellow flowers, is native to Europe but is naturalized and widely cultivated in the United States. Tansy is often naturalized in gardens for ornamental cultivation.
Tansy contains a volatile oil that is made up of the following: thujone, bitter glycosides, sesquiterpene lactones, terpenoids, flavonoids and tannin.
Tansy tea can be made by pouring a cup of boiling water onto 1 teaspoonful of the dried herb. Then infuse for about 10 to 15 minutes. The tansy tea is normally drunk twice a day.
There are strong concerns about the toxicity of tansy when taken in large and strong doses. The thujone component of the volatile oil is said to be highly toxic. A strong tea made of tansy leaves and flowers can cause miscarriage, and there have been reports of deaths in women attempting to use tansy tea this way. As such, extreme care is highly recommended when using or taking tansy, even for external purposes.
Here are some health benefits attributed to tansy tea:
- May aid in digestion.
- May assist in expelling worms from children
- May help stimulate menstrual bleeding.
- Was once used extensively to treat migraines, colds and rheumatism.