MEDICINAL AND TOXIC PROPERTIES OF TANSY PLANT
CHARACTERISTICS OF TANSY PLANT
Scientific noun: Tanacetum vulgare, Chrysanthemum vulgare
Common oun: Tancy, golden-buttons
Description: Perennial plant of the Daisy family - Compositae-, up to 1 m. Erect stems, reddish, growing up from spreading suckers. Alternate compound leaves, dark green. Down ones, petiolated; upper ones, sessile. Ending flat flowers, till 2 cm, without ligules, gathered in corymbs. Cultivated fields, side of the roads and uncultivated fields. It is a plant with strong unpleasant odor.
Active principles of tansy plant
. Acids: oleic, linoleic, malic, caffeic and tartaric
Leaves, stems and flowers.
Uses of tansy plant
Due to its high toxicity, it is advised not to take homemade preparations carried out with tancy. This herb should be reserved to the preparations carried out by qualified people, since the quantities that should be administered are very near to the toxic dose. In any case it should be administered to pregnant women, since it can make them abort easily.
Other properties of Tansy plant
Toxicity of tansy
High. Intoxications have usually taken place after ingesting too high doses of its toxic active principles by means of some infusion or, especially, because of the essential oil. In this case, a superior dose to 2 gr. is toxic. 15 gr. are mortal for an adult.
A possible risk of dermatitis exists if we get in contact with it. It is also a plant that can produce breathing allergies due to artemorin, which is a very known allergenic.
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