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Alternative Names

Barbotine, Bitter Buttons, Buttons, Chrysanthemi Vulgaris Flos, Chrysanthemi Vulgaris Herba, Coq des Jardins, Daisy, Erva dos Vermes, Herbe Am ère, Herbe du Bon Chasseur, Herbe de Chartreux, Herbe au Coq, Herbe de Saint-Marc, Herbe de Sainte-Marie, Herbe aux Vers, Hind Heal, Parsley Fern, Scented Fern, Sent-Bon, Stinking Willie, Tanaceto, Tanaisie, Tanaisie Commune, Tanaisie Vulgaire, Tansy Flower, Tansy Herb CAUTION: Please refer to separate listings for Tansy Ragwort, Wood Sage

Scientific Name

Tanacetum vulgare

Why Do People Use Tansy?

Oral preparations of Tanacetum vulgare (Tansy), like tansy powder, are used as abortifacient, migraines, as an threadworm infestation in children or anthelmintic for roundworm, neuralgia, rheumatism, epilepsy, as an antispasmodic, improving digestion and stimulating appetite, bloating due to intestinal or peritoneal gas, for flatulence, noninflammatory gallbladder conditions, stomach and duodenal ulcers, sciatica, palpitation, edema associated with weak heart, stomachache, fever, cold problems, calming nerves, hysteria, kidney problems, gout and tuberculosis. Other purposes of tansy are also used as an antiseptic, antioxidant, cordial, bactericide, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, pediculicide, narcotic, stimulant and as general tonic. Topical application of tansy is useful for pruritus ani, scabies, sores, bruises, swelling, sprains, inflammation, freckles, sunburn, leukorrhea, tumors, toothache and as an insect repellent. In Manufacturing and Food Preparations - Extract of tansy are utilized as a flavoring agent in various beverages and food items, in perfume, and a source of green dye.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Unsafe - Tansy is thought to be unsafe when applied to the skin, as it may result in severe contact dermatitis. Likely Unsafe - Tansy is considered unsafe, when multi-constituent thujone, having Tanacetum vulgare, is utilized orally. Fatalities have been related with ingestion of at least 10 drops of tansy oil although in one case recovered after ingesting 15 mL of thujone containing tansy. Fatalities have also been reported from powdered forms and prepared teas. Likely Unsafe During Pregnancy - Topical applications of tansy during pregnancy is consider unsafe because it may stimulate menstrual flow, or may act as an abortifacient and uterine stimulant. Possibly Unsafe During Lactation - Breast feeding females should avoid using tancy powder because of its thujone content.

How Effective Is Tansy?

To rate the effectiveness of tansy powder, there is inadequate and unreliable information available.

How Tansy Works?

The most effective parts of Tanacetum vulgare are the aerial parts. The toxicity and activity of the aerial parts of tansy differ significantly as per the subspecies. Thujone, which is an active constituent of tansy, possesses both toxicity and activity in a range of concentration from 0 to 95%. The thujone constituent is responsible for improved salivation and blood stream flow to the pelvic visceras and mucous membranes. Researchers suggest that thujone has effect like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active principle in weed. Thujone may inflict hepatotoxicity and neurotoxicity. Chronic thujone poisoning causes delirium, seizures and hallucinations. Extract of tansy has demonstrated impacts in stimulating bile, alleviating pain and increasing appetite in people with gallbladder and liver disorders. There are some studies about tansy extract that it may also have antispasmodic activity. Other studies also recommend that a constituent, caffeic acid, may play its part in stimulating bile. Tansy powder may diminish the level of serum lipid and has hypoglycemic impacts. Tansy also has antifungal effects. Clinical studies suggest that tansy oil has antibacterial effects as well. Moreover, tansy oil plus ether extract and the constituent beta-thujone possess anti-helminthic effects as well.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Tansy?

Orally - Excessive dosage of thujone or utilizing products containing thujone for long term can result in restlessness, vomiting, vertigo, tremors, renal damage, and convulsions. Symptoms associated with its toxicity are feeble pulse, rapid, severe spasms, severe gastroenteritis, rapid breathing, convulsions, abdominal pain, vomiting, loss of consciousness, facial flushing, dilated pupils, irregular heartbeat, uterine bleeding, pupillary rigidity, kidney damage, abortion, liver damage. And even death can happen with 1 to 3.5 hours after ingestion. Topical utilization of tansy is related with local mucosal membrane irritation and severe contact dermatitis. It can also result in allergic reaction particularly in those individuals sensitive to the Compositae or Asteraceae family of plants. Members of this family include chrysanthemums, ragweed, daisies, marigolds and numerous different herbs.

How Tansy Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Herbs Containing Thujone - Combination of tansy powder and herbs that contain thujone can enhance the potential risk of thujone toxicity. Herbs containing thujone are oriental arborvitae, oak moss, wormwood, sage, tree moss, thuja (cedar) there for health adviser not suggest this combination.

How Tansy Interacts With Drugs?

Alcohol (Ethanol) - Interaction rating between Tanacetum vulgare and alcohol containing drugs is major so don’t use or stop using this combination. The thujone constituent alters and heightens the effect of alcohol.

How Tansy Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Tansy Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Tansy Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Cross-Allergenicity - Tanacetum vulgare can result in allergic reactions particularly in those who are sensitive to the Compositae or Asteraceae family of plant. Members of this family are chrysanthemums, ragweed, daisies, marigolds and many other herbs as well. Porphyria - Tansy can worsen porphyria in individuals with underlying defects in hepatic heme synthesis.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Tansy?

There is no typical dosage of tansy.


The name tansy is derived from the Greek word called athanasia which means “immortality”. Tansy was thought to impart immortality and it was castoff for embalming. So don’t mix tansy ragwort (Senecio species) with other plants generically referred to as tansy.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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