TARRAGON

Antiseptic, Infection Prevention, Toothaches

Also Known As: Dragon Herb, Estragon, French or Russian Tarragon

HISTORY:

Known as the main seasoning in béarnaise sauce, it also has a long history in herbal healing. Recently, it has been rediscovered as an oral antiseptic and an aid in preventing heart disease.

PREPARATION:

First Aid:

Apply fresh, crushed leaves to the affected area.

  • Infusion:

Boil one cup of water and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of frozen or fresh herbs. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups daily. Tastes like licorice.

  • Tincture:

Use one half to one teaspoon. Three time a day is the allowed maximum.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Tarragon has 2 varieties, Russian and French. Russian has more oil, less flavor and a lower medicinal effect.

Grow tarragon in rich, well-drained soil under full sun. If your winters are harsh, mulch well each fall. Divide the roots every few years. Leaves bruise easily, so harvest carefully early in the summer time. To prevent herb from the loss of medicinal value, freeze fresh herbs or preserve them in vinegar.

  • Russian Tarragon:

Plant one inch tip pieces or take the cuttings in the summer. Space them 2 feet apart. Divide roots in the spring.

  • French Tarragon:

This herb rarely has flowers, and if it does, the fruits are sterile. Plant must be propagated from root divisions or cuttings.

SAFETY:

Tarragon is included on the FDA’s list as being an herb regarded as generally safe.