Meet: tansy in all its glory
Do you know that tansy flowers have healing properties and are able to relieve many ailments? And why do they say that they preserve female youth and beauty? What is the use and harm of tansy ordinary? You will learn about this and much more from this article.
Nature gave tansy amazing beauty - looking at it it is difficult to imagine that for the vast majority of people this plant is an ordinary weed grass growing in meadows, near dwellings or near roads throughout the European part of Russia.
But if you look closely at tansy, you can involuntarily notice how proudly the stems of the plant rise above the ground, showing with their whole appearance that they know their important purpose. Bright yellow tansy inflorescences are similar to the sun, only reduced by billions of times and broken into many small stars, lost in the green foliage. And if you pick the flowers of this plant, you will get a charming sunny bouquet with a specific smell reminiscent of camphor.
Brief information about tansy
Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) is a perennial herbaceous plant, a typical species of the genus Tansy, with about 170 plant species.
Common tansy belongs to perennial plants of the aster family (Asteraceae), its height reaches from 50 to 150 cm. It blooms from mid-summer, bears fruit from August to October. It grows throughout Europe, in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, China, Japan and Korea.
In ancient times, tansy bouquets were given to women of advanced age, since it was believed that the flowers of this plant preserve youth of their owners and give them divine beauty. This tradition is associated with the legendary story of how women from all over the world turned to the goddesses with a prayer to grant them immortality, youth and beauty. None of them wanted to grow old. And then the goddesses decided to take pity on the unfortunate women and threw tansy flowers from Olympus, which had a strong spicy smell and medicinal properties.
Legend is a legend, and tansy really has a number of healing properties.
Useful properties of tansy
In scientific medicine, tansy flowers (Flores Tanaceti) are used, collected at the beginning of flowering and dried separate flower baskets or shields with a peduncle no more than 4 cm long. Preparations from them are used to stimulate appetite, improve digestion, in diseases of the liver and intestines, and for bronchial asthma , rheumatism, as an anthelmintic for ascariasis and pinworms (infusion) and a drug that increases the acidity of gastric juice, for constipation.
Common tansy is part of choleretic fees. Common tansy preparations containing the sum of flavonoids and phenolcarboxylic acids are allowed as choleretic drugs.
Tansy has a bactericidal, diuretic, choleretic, anti-inflammatory, antihelminthic, wound healing, antispasmodic effect on the human body. It is used for gastrointestinal diseases, rheumatism, gout, kidney and liver diseases, it is used for poisoning, nervous disorders, headaches, epilepsy and many other diseases.
Due to its fragrance, tansy is an excellent means of driving flies, mosquitoes, fleas and bugs away.
Tansy is used in cooking - adding to puddings, muffins, meat and fish dishes.
Attention: However, no matter how extensive the spectrum of action of tansy, be extremely careful when using it, as tansy is toxic due to its constituent thujone. And you must strictly adhere to the indicated dosage of the drug.
Tansy is contraindicated in children, pregnant women and people with high sensitivity to this plant. And it can not be consumed for a long time.
Having decided to take up your own health closely, remember that despite the large number of useful properties, tansy is still a poisonous plant, and therefore, be careful when applying it inside.