Tarragon

Summary

Medicinal plant with a stimulating effect on digestion, used mainly against digestive disorders in the form of tea or tincture.

names

Portuguese name: tarragon, dragon grass, French tarragon
Binomial name: Artemisia dracunculus L.
French name: tarragon , serpentine, dragon
English name: Tarragon
German name: Estragon
Italian name: Dragoncello, Estragon
Spanish name: Tarragon

Family

Asteraceae

Constituents

Coumarins, flavonoids, tarragon, minerals (iodine), vitamins.

parts used

Leaves and essential oil

Effects

Digestive, sedative, antioxidant, antibacterial (acted against E.Coli)

Indications

– Digestive disorders (dyspepsia), indigestion

– bad breath

– Hay fever (essential oil)

– Staph infections (essential oil)

Secundary effects

Please read the leaflet and ask your pharmacist.

contraindications

Please read the leaflet and ask your pharmacist.

Interactions

Please read the leaflet and ask your pharmacist.

Preparations

– Tea (infusion) of tarragon

– tarragon tincture

– Tarragon essential oil

Where does tarragon grow?

This plant grows in gardens, but can also be grown indoors.
Tarragon is a sterile plant and does not produce seeds. The plant is common in Europe.

When to harvest tarragon?

Tarragon leaves can be harvested in May (in the northern hemisphere).

Plant it yourself!

Tarragon lives naturally in large pots on a terrace. Harvest tarragon by cutting off the stem.
Tarragon needs little sun and a limited amount of water to grow.

Interesting Observations

– Tarragon is a condiment often used in cooking, especially in French cuisine. This condiment flavors various dishes (eg béarnaise sauce).

– The term  Artemisia found in the binomial name (Artemisia dracunculus) is a reference to Artemis, goddess of the hunt in Greek mythology. Other medicinal plants also carry the term Artemisia in their binomial name, such as  Artemisia absinthium (wormwood) or Artemisia annua (wormwood).
The 2nd part of the binomial name (dracunculus), the Latin name of the species, means “little dragon”. At the time, it was believed that tarragon could cure venomous stings and other bites. It is worth remembering that the dragon is a legendary creature that resembles a reptile.

– It is important to cultivate the French variety of tarragon and not the Russian variety ( Artemisia dracunculus  var.  inodora ) which has less medicinal and aromatic properties for gastronomic use than the so-called French tarragon (classic tarragon variety).

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