Tarragon is a perennial herb that is part of the sunflower family. It is commonly grown across North America and is considered one of the more popular culinary herbs in French Cuisine.
In addition to being a tasteful ingredient for many dishes, Tarragon contains many health benefits as well. When it is made into an essential oil with aromatherapeutic properties, the benefits include:
Tarragon essential oil has effective antimicrobial properties.
Tarragon oil can help improve blood flow throughout your body and eliminate uric acid.
Improved blood flow helps increase the distribution of oxygen, nutrients and antioxidants in your body, stimulating optimal health.
Tarragon essential oil has a stimulating effect on your brain, nervous, digestive and endocrine systems, which helps support growth and improve your immune system.
Although Tarragon contains many health benefits, there can be potential side effects as well. Tarragon contains estragole, also known as methyl chavicol, which can be poisonous in high doses. Since Tarragon has an effect on the female reproductive system and has often been used to treat menstrual problems, it should never be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
“If you are sensitive to plants in the Asteraceae family, such as ragweed, daisies, chrysanthemums or marigolds, tarragon may produce an allergic reaction. And, as the plant is known to reduce clotting time, you should stop eating it prior to having surgery. Nevertheless, in controlled doses, the benefits can typically be enjoyed without any serious complications.
Consult with your doctor and pharmacist before using the oil to ensure there are no contraindications with any medications you take or underlying medical condition you may have.25 Do a skin patch test on your arm prior to use by placing a diluted drop on your skin to check for irritation or allergic reactions. Should any side effects occur, stop using the oil immediately.”
“Time for Tarragon” by Dr. Mercola