The dried flowers can be used as a flavouring and the plant imparts an aromatic bitter taste to certain foods.
As a medicinal herb, it is most reputed for soothing headaches, in particular migraines. It is also a well known antirheumatic. Leaves and flower heads are anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aperient, bitter, carminative, emmenagogue, sedative, stimulant, stings, stomachic, vasodilator and vermifuge. It can also be used externally to bathe swollen feet, and to treat bruises.
Dried flowers are insecticidal (similar to Pyrethrum, which is obtained from Tanacetum cinerarifolium).