Product: Tansy Herb Powder
Latin Name: Tanacetum vulgare syn. Tanacetum aubiderti, Chrysanthemum vulgare, Chrysanthemum tanacetum.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Other Names: Common Tansy, Bitter Buttons, Bachelor’s Buttons, Cow Bitter, Golden Buttons, Tanaisie, Wurmkraut, Tanasia, Taneceto, Barbotine, Bitter Buttons, Coq des Jardins, Erva dos Vermes, Herbe du Bon Chasseur, Herbe de Chartreux, Herbe aux Vers, Hind Heal, Stinking Willie, Tanaceto, Tanaisie, Tanaisie Vulgaire & Soglucan Otu.
Description: Tansy is an herbaceous perennial plant native to Europe that grows to a height of 50-150cm. The stems are erect and branch at the top, older stems have a reddish-purple tint, the leaves are alternate, 10–15ccm in length, pinnately lobed, consisting of 7-25 leaflets, the leaflets have deeply serrated ‘saw-tooth’ edges which give the leaves a fernlike appearance. The bright yellow flowers are 7-11mm in diameter and resemble flat topped buttons and are produced in terminal clusters.
Powdered tansy can be used in scented sachets and in natural insecticidal dusts to deter ants, fleas and moths. Sprinkled on to compost heaps, tansy powder acts as a compost activator. Shades of green to yellow dyes can be obtained from tansy powder depending on the mordant used. A decoction of the powder can be added to shampoos to treat head lice.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.