Tansy essential oil has many health benefits which can be attributed to its properties as vermifuge, sedative, hormone stimulant, insecticide, febrifuge, antiviral, anti – histaminic, anti – inflammatory, anti – fungal and antibacterial substance. Tansy is a common European herb. The scientific name of tansy is Tanacetum Annuum or Tanacetum Vulgare. Tansy essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of all the plant parts. Thujone, piperitone, isopinocamphone, camphor, camphone, borneol and artemisone are the main components of tansy essential oil. This herb is very poisonous but it is still popular among villagers, poor people and nomadic groups like Gypsies because they have found some medicinal uses of tansy. This essential oil is used to treat skin infections, dyspepsia, sciatica and it can help to prevent miscarriages. This essential oil is potent poison because it has high concentration of thujone and even small doses of it can be fatal. Also this essential oil can trigger hallucinations and severe neurotic or nervous disturbances while having addictive and narcotic effects. Tansy essential oil blends well with rosemary, ravensara, lavender, helichrysum and cedar wood essential oils.
Tansy essential oil benefits
Kills intestinal worms: It is known fact that the tansy essential oil has poisonous effect which can kill intestinal and other parasitic worms in the human body such as hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms and others. Also this essential oil is used to kill worms which develop into wounds. This can help in the re-growth of healthy cells and quicker healing of wounds.
Relieves nervous afflictions: Tansy essential oil acts as a sedative for the nerves and emotional impulses. When someone suffers from impulsive behavior, hysteric attacks, epilepsy, nervous afflictions, convulsions, anger, depression and anxiety, then the tansy essential oil can be used to pacify these conditions and it can induce a relaxing effect on the brain and nerves.
Stimulates secretion of hormones: This essential oil can stimulate the endocrine glands and it can increase the secretion of hormones. It was found that tansy essential oil is very effective on the thyroid and thymus glands which are directly affecting the growth and maturity.
Tansy essential oil uses
Acts as an insecticide: We know that there are many insects commonly found in our homes such as moths, termites, ants and cockroaches but also there are other parasitic insects like bed bugs, lice, ticks, fleas and mosquitoes which are very common in our homes. These insects prefer to keep a safe distance from the tansy essential oil because it is poisonous to them and it has a pungent aroma and they cannot withstand. This is a reason why this essential oil serves as an effective insect repellent when it is used in sprays, vaporizers and fumigants. Also the small animals like mice and lizards avoid tansy essential oil.
Reduces fever: In the most cases fevers are actually indications of the ongoing fight between the immune mechanism of your body and infection by protozoa (like malaria and a few others), viruses (like influenza) and bacteria (like black fever, yellow fever and typhoid) and fungi. Our body temperatures become higher as the more severe is the reaction of our bodies. It the infections are causes for fevers, then inhibiting these infections is a great way to reduce these fevers. Tansy essential oil has antiviral, anti – fungal and antibacterial properties which can assist our body in countering these infections and this can help to reduce the temperature of the body. Tansy essential oil also has anti – inflammatory properties which add to this effect because the inflammation can raise the temperature of the body.
Protects against viral diseases: Tansy essential oil has components like camphor and thujone which are toxic to living cells and they are capable of killing viruses as well. The mentioned components rupture the cyst, they probe inside and then kill the virus. This will stop the growth of the virus and it will give immunity against viral diseases like pox, measles, mumps and common cold.