Tarragon

Tarragon

The scientific name is Artemisia Dracunculus. It belongs to the Asteraceae family. It originates from East Asian countries, but we also find it in Europe and North America. It is a perennial, herbaceous shrub growing at a height of 120-150 cm with thinly branched stems. Its leaves are lanceolate, 2-8 cm long and 2-10 mm wide, glossy green, in perfect shape. Each plant grows many and strongly branched sprouts. Its flowers are small, yellowish or light green and blossoms from late summer to October. It is a plant that grows better in sunny areas but can also grow in areas with partial sunshine. The tarragon leaves contain iodine, potassium, vitamin A and C.

PROPERTIES

  • It has antioxidant properties.
  • It is used in the treatment of teeth and toothache.
  • It strengthens the digestive system, as the consumption of tarragon is associated with increased bile production, which helps eliminate toxins from the body.
  • It has potent actions. It works against stress and anxiety.
  • The polyphenolic substances it has, contribute to the reduction of blood sugar.
  • It has insect repellent properties. A tarragon pot keeps away mosquitos, flies and insects.

HOW TO USE

In cooking: It is used in salads, meat and fish sauces, soups, and also flavors vinegar and mustard. The shoots are cooked as a vegetable.

As essential oil: It is considered anti-rheumatic, appetizing, circulatory, digestive, deodorant and stimulant. It is used to increase appetite, anorexia, dyspepsia, bloating, urinary tract infections and menstrual pains.

CAUTION: Avoid use during pregnancy. If consumed in excessive amounts, it slows down blood clotting

 

 

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12 December 2018

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