Tansy is an aster family herbaceous perennial that is commonly known as bitter buttons, golden buttons, or cow bitter. Tansy is marked by the presence of compound leaves on a reddish stem. The plant also bears yellow-colored flowers that depict the shape of a flat button. The flowers impart a camphor-like scent that has some notes of rosemary.
The leaves and tops of tansy usually complement sweet and savory dishes. But apart from being incorporated in puddings, tansy is also availed for preparing medicines due to its staggering health perks. Tansy’s amazing anthelminthic property is known to kill threadworms and roundworms in children. Its antiepileptic property can control the onset of seizures. Also, tansy can shorten the duration of cold and flu.
Tansy induces diaphoresis (sweating) in individuals with high fever to reduce the temperature. Quite surprisingly, the tiny leave of tansy can remarkably treat tuberculosis, gout, and urinary tract infections. It calms the nerves by bringing equilibrium in excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters, which is quite helpful in treating hysteria.
However, if the leaves and tops are consumed a little over-aggressively then they are liable to induce toxicity because they contain a toxic compound called thujone. Thujone can predispose the consumer to contract brain, liver, and kidney damage. It is recommended to consult the dose of tansy medicinal preparation with a physician/pharmacist to avoid such hazardous episodes of unwelcome disorders.