Tarragon Offers Many Health Benefits

tarragon leaves on white backgroundAn aromatic herb with roots in traditional French cooking, tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) also boasts excellent health and therapeutic benefits.

Health Benefits

  • Tarragon is high in vitamins, including the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene, as well as potassium and other nutrients.
  • Its antioxidant properties help neutralize the effect of free radicals in the body.
  • Tarragon supports cardiovascular health and maintains the health of the female reproductive tract.

Therapeutic Benefits

  • High levels of eugenol make it an effective pain reliever, historically used to take the edge off of toothaches.
  • Some studies suggest that tarragon may help to increase appetite, which could be useful for those who have poor appetites due to age or illness.
  • It’s an excellent digestive aid, traditionally used to improve natural digestion and eliminate intestinal worms–as well as relieve common digestive problems such as upset stomach, irritable bowels, and dyspepsia.
  • As a mild sedative, tarragon may help to relieve anxiety and stress, and work as a sleep aid.

To add a little extra health boost to your meals, try tarragon with vegetables such as artichokes, carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, and salads; with meats such as chicken, rabbit, fish, shellfish, and lobster; or best of all in sauces such as béarnaise sauce.

Even though tarragon is generally safe for regular use as a culinary herb, the appropriate therapeutic dosage will vary based upon age, overall health, and medical conditions. When considering using tarragon at medicinal levels,  it is best to consult with your Naturopathic Doctor.

 

Resources

Herb Wisdom.Tarragon Benefits.Accessed January 2014.

Natural Standard.Tarragon.” Professional Monograph. 2015.

Pérez-Rosés, R., E. Risco, R. Vila, P. Peñalver, and S. Canigueral. “Effect of Some Essential Oils on Phagocytosis and Complement System Activity.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Published electronically January 19, 2015. PubMed PMID: 25599399.