Tarragon

What other names is Tarragon known by?

Armoise Âcre, Artemisia dracunculus, Artemisia glauca, Dragonne, Estragon, Estragón, Herbe Dragon, Herbe au Dragon, Little Dragon, Mugwort, Petit Dragon.

What is Tarragon?

Tarragon is an herb. Some people call it "mugwort." Be careful not to confuse tarragon with mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris).

The parts of the tarragon plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

Tarragon is used to treat digestion problems, poor appetite, water retention, and toothache; to start menstruation; and to promote sleep.

In foods and beverages, tarragon is used as a culinary herb.

In manufacturing, tarragon is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Nausea and vomiting that can occur after surgery. Early research suggests that applying a mixture of ginger, cardamom, and tarragon essential oils to the neck after anesthesia and surgery may help relieve nausea and prevent vomiting for up to 30 minutes in some people. However, the effect seems to vary depending on the number of vomit-causing drugs that were given during anesthesia or as pain relievers during and/or after surgery.
  • Digestion problems.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Toothaches.
  • Water retention.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of tarragon for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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