Pellitory (Anacyclus pyrethrum)

Pellitory (Anacyclus pyrethrum)

Other common names: Pyrethrum officinarum (syn.), Pyrethri radix (syn.), Anthemis pyrethrum (syn.), Matricaria pyrethrum (syn.), pellitory of Spain, Spanish chamomile, Akkal-Kara/Akarkara.

*Not to be confused with Pellitory-of-the-wall, spreading, Dalmation or Persian pellitory.

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Family: Asteraceae

Diagram courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Diagram courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


Rubefacient, sialagogue, nervine, nervous system tonic, decongestant, anticatarrhal, testosterone booster, digestive tonic, aromatic, analgesic, stimulant, aphrodisiac, immune booster.

Harvest: Roots are harvested in autumn.

Part used: Root


Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Volatile oils, gum, tannins, potassium sulphate, potassium chloride, silica, lignin, anacycline, isobutylamide, inulin and others.


Dry mouth, neuralgia, poor circulation, toothache, oral infections, arthritis, fatigue, weak immune system, fibromyalgia, excess phlegm, congestion, impotence caused by a drop in testosterone, indigestion, mild to moderate pain.

Medicinal preparations:

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons


A decoction can be drank, or used as a gargle for sore throats, and the powdered root can be used as a culinary spice or in capsules.


When applied directly to the skin, this root causes redness and tingling. This can be useful to promote blood flow to an area in some inflammatory conditions, but some might find it unpleasant or even have an allergic reaction. Use at your own risk, and patch test on a small area first. It has been included in massage oils to help with nerve damaged areas, restoring sensation in some cases, and soothing nerve pain for some.


Do not use if pregnant or nursing, and do not administer to children without the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. High doses (more than 500 mg of powdered root) can cause side effects, including nausea, increased heart rate, and other unpleasant symptoms.

I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.

Energetic/traditional use:

The constitution of this plant is hot and dry. It is used in ayurvedic medicine for restoring vitality and energy, and boosting sex drive. It was also considered a remedy for some sexually transmitted diseases, however this is not a common use in modern herbal medicine. It has also been used in the past for paralysis, and kidney/gallstones.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.


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