Who hasn’t heard of tarragon – aromatic culinary herb that is mostly used for baking sweets. The most common use of it in Slovenia is as a filling for potica, which is a traditional Slovenian pastry. Not a lot of people are aware of its healing properties and the use of it in tea mixtures or as a dietary supplement. It contains a lot of vitamins, potassium and other nutrients that have a proven positive effect on our health. There are two different varieties of tarragon: French and Russian (or Siberian). French variety is smaller, has tinnier leaves, seldom blossoms and is more aromatic than its Russian brother. Russian variety can grow up to 1,5m in height, has somewhat bigger leaves, blossoms annually and is hardier than the French variety.
Tarragon’s antioxidants and their role in the body
Tarragon contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals, which are a by-product of metabolism, have been proven to damage cells, unless the body removes them quickly enough. Studies have shown that its oil binds free radicals and helps to reduce damage that can be caused to the body.
as a cure for toothache and better vision
Tarragon has also been used as a cure for toothache throughout history. The ancient Greeks chewed its leaves, which paralyzed their oral cavity. The effect of paralysis and consequently anti-pain function is due to the high values of the eugenol substance. In addition to pain relief, sometimes tarragon was also used for the treatment of swollen and painful gums, which were often accompanied by toothache.
A large amount of potassium and vitamin A in the tarragon allows it to have a positive effect on the health and functions of the eyes.
Role in appetite and digestion
Tarragon is also known as a cure for digestive problems, helping to eliminate bile from the liver. Not only does it improve digestion, it is also known as a cure for irritable stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Back in the olden days people also used it to remove intestinal parasites. A number of studies have also shown that tarragon contains substances that increase appetite and is therefore recommended to elderly patients or patients with reduced appetite.
Sedative, cure for the heart and women’s diseases
Tarragon is used as a mild sedative to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety. The consumption of it in the evening should also improve the quality of sleep.
The chemical components found in the tarragon are beneficial to the cardiovascular system. They prevent the platelets and other substances from accumulating in the cardiovascular system. It is also known as a medicine for women. It is used as a medicine in the case of irregular menstruation. It’s believed that tarragon has a positive effect on the health of female reproductive organs. However, due to the medicinal properties mentioned above, the tarragon should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
How to consume tarragon
Don’t be afraid to experiment with it, as its use is much wider than merely as a filling for potica. In French cuisine it’s used as an important spice that enriches the taste of fish, chicken or eggs. Tarragon vinegar (tarragon buds soaked in vinegar) is a real culinary specialty. It is also used in soups, spices and beverages as part of traditional recipes in various kitchens around the world.
If you don’t have the desire to experiment in the kitchen, you can still enjoy a piece of tarragon pastry or Swiss roll accompanied by a cup of tea.
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