Tanacetum balsamita

Names

Names

Scientific: Tanacetum balsamita

English: Costmary

Portuguese: Balsamita

Origins

Origins

Family: Asteraceae

Origin: Europe to West Asia

Life Cycle: Perennial / Herbaceous perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameTanacetum balsamita
English NameCostmary, alecost, balsam herb, bible leaf, mint geranium.
Portuguese NameBalsamita.
German NameFrauenminze, Balsamkraut, Marienblatt.
FamilyAsteraceae
OriginEurope to West Asia.
Preferences CultivationCrop fields.
Life CyclePerennial / Herbaceous perennial
HabitatSunlight and dry soil. When the plant grows no shade produces many leaves but small amounts of flowers.
Method of propagationSowing - should be carried out at low temperatures, around the beginning of spring. Can plant in permanent positions in late spring or early summer - after the last frost.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from September to October . H, 0,6 m, ᴓ 0,3 m
Description of smells and flavorsBalsamic aroma.
Properties MedicinalAntiseptic, astringent, laxative and digestive. Internally, it is recommended as a liver tonic. Externally, to treat burns and insect bites.
Properties EdibilityDried or fresh leaves are used in soup and the beers (now replaced by Humulus lupulus). Can be eaten in salad, in moderation. Aromatize the cake while it is cooked. The petals are used for canning. The dried leaves originate delicious infusions. As a Herbal Tea: heating the temperature to about 90°C, leaving 3g/L in infusion for 5 minutes, strain and serve. Bright yellow reflects the sweet scent similar to chamomile, with citrus notes and a nice structure.
Properties OtherThe flowers are used in cosmetics.
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsContraindicatons: consumption is not recommended during pregnancy and lactation.
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: Leaves and flowers.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Traditionally used for its insecticidal properties.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThe aroma of balsamita recalls childhood memories of "Vick's Vaporub".

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