Tarragon Oil

tarragon Artemisia dracunculus

Tarragon oil.....

This plant is a perennial herb that’s related to wormwood. It’s also called Dragon’s-Wort or Dragon Herb. Artemisia dracunculus is Russian tarragon. It’s a much more hardy plant as compared to the French tarragon. The Russian species can be grown from seed but the French can’t. The French is generally considered the best for culinary use.

The name is thought to derive from an ancient use as an antidote to the bites of venomous creatures and ‘madde dogges’. It was favored by maharajahs of India who took it as a tisane or herbal tea. In Persia it was used to induce appetite.

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Botanical Name - Artemisia dracunculus

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Flowering plant

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Sweet-anisic, spicy-green

Largest Producing Countries - Hungary, France, Netherlands, and USA

Traditional Use - Tarragon oil is used as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics, and perfumes. It’s employed as a flavor ingredient in most major food categories, especially condiments and relishes, as well as alcoholic and soft drinks.

Properties - Anthelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypnotic, stimulant, stomachic, and vermifuge.

Benefits - Amenorrhea, anorexia, dysmenorrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, hiccoughs, intestinal spasm, nervous indigestion, PMT, and sluggish digestion.

Blends Well With - Basil, galbanum, labdanum, lavender, oakmoss, pine, and vanilla.

Safety Data - Tarragon oil is moderately toxic due to ‘estragole’ (methyl chavicol). Use this oil in moderation only and avoid internal use. Avoid this oil during pregnancy.

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