How to use Tarragon
Tarragon is a culinary herb from the sunflower family that has a bittersweet taste and an aromatic quality similar to anise. It is usually found in French cuisine, and is a prime ingredient in Bérnaise sauce.
While tarragon is usually used in too small of quantities to contribute much nutrition, it does sport some nice nutritional qualities.
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. It 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. The spice can be used to reduce mouth/tooth pain. Due to the presence of eugenol, tarragon has a pain relieving or numbing effect. You can drink tea or simply chew the leaves to help with mouth pain. Drinking tarragon tea before bed can help with insomnia. Because of its calming affect tarragon can also help to relieve anxiety. Tarragon essential oil can help fight bad breath, as well as reduce body odor and microbes on the skin. If you make your own deodorant- add a couple drops of essential oil to get these benefits.
Tarragon has been traditionally used as an appetite stimulant for those with poor appetite or even help those with symptoms of anorexia. Tarragon can be used to maintain the health of the female reproductive tract and can be used for those who have suppressed menstruation. It should not, however, be used if you are pregnant or nursing.
Recent studies have shown that tarragon can help promote muscle growth by aiding in creatine absorption.