A friend gave me a pot of herbs years ago. One of the packets included tarragon. Not a spice I had grown up with. Once I tried it I wondered where it had been all my life!
Fun Fact: For those with a medieval tendency the latin name is Artemesia dracunculus. Tarragon has been known as estragon or dragon herb. What’s not to love?
What medicinal benefits does it have?
Tarragon Health Benefits
Medicinal benefits include:
- Heart Health
- Eye Health
A number of studies have been done on the antioxidant properties of tarragon. Findings show that the Turkish variety has antimicrobial anti fungal and antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances that protect your body from free radical damage. For more on antioxidants check out my blog here.
Tarragon can be used as a sedative and to help with insomnia. It contains methyl eugenol, limonene and apigenin. Botanical online covers many of the uses and warnings. To use it as a sedative it is best in tea form.
Excellent for the digestion, it increases bile production and helps prevent gallstones. It has a laxative effect. It is also a carminative. Carminatives are herbs that ease bloating and gas.
Tarragon is a blood thinner and can slow blood clotting according to WebMD. The site shows no known interactions with allopathic medicine I will say simply:If you take Warfarin or any other blood thinner DO NOT use tarragon in medicinal amounts! Taking blood thinning herbs or eating too much garlic or onion can cause your blood to be dangerously thin.
Tarragon studies have shown that it can help lower blood glucose and increase insulin sensitivity of cells. Studies are ongoing, Here is an article from Pennington Nutrition Series
Tarragon contains Vitamin A which has been shown to be beneficial for aging eyes. On a personal level I was diagnosed with dry eye. I was advised to get natural tear eyedrops and use them morning and night. After some research on supplements to help the eyes I began taking vitamin A and rarely have to use any drops.
Tarragon in excessive doses can be toxic. Here is a site with some excellent information on Tarragon usage as medicine.
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