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.
- 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