Mysterious Tarragon

September 24, 2014

Mysterious TarragonTarragon. Tarra went where? Hahahah…

Ok, pathetic attempt at humor. I’m restless tonight and decided to sit down and do some writing. My restlessness apparently translates into some really lame jokes.

You know what’s not lame? Tarragon. Seriously. Have you heard about this herb?

If you haven’t, don’t feel bad. It is one of those herbs that most people don’t really think about. It ends up in seasoning blends but isn’t one of those stand-alone type herbs like basil or oregano is.

Tarragon has a wonderfully light flavor to it. It is a little bit licoricey but not in an overpowering way. It is absolutely wonderful when paired with other Mediterranean herbs. I personally find that it enhances the flavors of Greek inspired foods.

Now you aren’t going to be consuming vast amounts of Tarragon so the health benefits you receive won’t be immediate or intense. Over time and with continued use of this herb, the health benefits certainly will begin to add up.

Health Benefits of Tarragon

  • Tarragon is an excellent source of minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium.
  • The herb is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as B-6.
  • Tarragon contains antioxidants that help to neutralize free radicals in the body.
  • Tarragon helps to support cardiovascular health. When eaten regularly it can help reduce the risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart attack.
  • The compounds present in tarragon can lower blood sugar levels naturally.
  • Tarragon contains many health promoting essential oils.
  • It in a natural diuretic and can help reduce water retention.
  • Tarragon has also been used medicinally for ages. As I was researching this post, I was shocked to see just how many conditions it has been used to treat.

Medicinal Uses of Tarragon

  • The polyphenolic compounds present in tarragon are responsible for lowering blood sugar levels naturally.
  • Eating tarragon regularly can prevent platelet adhesion and aggregation. This reduces the risk of clot formation, heart attack and strokes.
  • Tarragon is an appetite stimulant and can be used to treat anorexia and other eating disorders.
  • It can cure hiccups, flatulence and stomach cramps.
  • Eugenol, an essential oil found in tarragon can numb a painful tooth.
  • Tarragon was used in the Middle Ages to treat snakebites.
  • Tarragon is an effective cure for intestinal worms. Drink at least four cups of tarragon tea a day for the best results.
  • If your period is delayed, tarragon can induce menstruation in some cases. It also helps regulate your menstrual cycle when taking regularly.
  • Tarragon acts as a stimulant for the circulatory, digestive, nervous, and endocrinal systems. It improves overall health and builds immunity.
  • Tarragon essential oil fights bad breath

Interesting stuff huh?

Do you use tarragon in your cooking, medically, or in skincare? Do share!

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