Costmary Tanacetum balsamita L.
- Common Names
- Costmary , Balsam Herb. Costmarie, Alecost
- Botanical Name
- Tanacetum balsamita L.
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Costmary
- Parts Used: Leaves
- Constituents: essential oils includes carvone as the main component with minor amounts of beta-thujone, t-dihydrocarvone, c-dihydrocarvone, dihydrocarveol isomer c-carveol and t-carveol
How to Use: Costmary
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Costmary leaves can be infused in teas, or used fresh in salads. The aerial parts are often dried and used in pot-pourri as it retains it scent well.
- Plant Class:Perennial
- Etymology: From the Greek athanasia Immortality, for the long lived flowers
- Flowers/Fruit/Seeds:Daisy-like clusters of flowers on long stalks
- Parts used: Leaves
- Leaves:Mint scented, oblong silver green
- Flowering Season:Summer
- Distribution: Northern temperate zones
Regional Traditions :North America *
How to Grow Costmary
Needs sun to flower, Propagation by root division in spring, spreads freely, and needs to be contained in the garden.
History and Traditions & FolkloreNative to the Orient, costmary is now found in almost all countries. It was brought to the new world by early English colonists who combined it with lavender to scent linens and blankets. The common name Bible Leaf comes from the New England practice of chewing the minty leaves to stay awake during long sermons. Costmary has become a rare sight in modern gardens. 1
It is under the dominion of Jupiter. It is astringent to the stomach, and strengtheneth the liver, and all the other inward parts, and if taken in whey worketh the more effectually. Taken fasting in the morning, it is very profitable for pains of the head that are continual
Nicholas Culpeper, 1653