A herb with a unique taste and aroma - tarragon: use in medicine, for weight loss and in cooking

A herb with a unique taste and aroma - tarragon: use in medicine, for weight loss and in cooking

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Tarhun is a spicy plant. Since ancient times, it has been known for its medicinal and taste properties, but in the everyday life of Russian housewives you can not meet it so often.

And this is unfair, because the list of useful properties of this plant takes a whole page. Most of all, we know him by the name of the drink of the same name - Tarhun.

Consider where tarragon can be used in medicine, why it is used for weight loss, where to add fresh or dried herb when cooking, with what it is combined.

Tarragon taste and aroma

Tarragon belongs to the genus Wormwood, which in our perception is strongly associated with bitter taste. However, tarragon stands out from this genus for its taste, which is why it got into a number of cultivated plants. The taste of tarragon is sweetish, with a slight bitterness, with hints of pungency and freshness. It can be compared to the taste of anise, licorice or fennel, but at the same time it is a unique taste and aroma. When cooking, tarragon should be added very little, as it can drown out all other flavors.

The taste and aroma of tarragon may vary depending on the variety... For example, the variety "Goodwin" is distinguished by the predominance of a bitter taste. "Aztec" and "King of Herbs" have anise tones, and the variety "Zhulebinsky Semko" tastes sweet. The spicy taste of the Monarch variety finds its application in drinks and pickles, for which it is often used.

The taste is different between fresh and dried tarragon. To enhance its taste, you can add a little lemon juice to it.

When heated, tarragon becomes bitter, so it is cooked without heat treatment or added to the finished dish.

A photo

Check out the photo of tarragon to find out what kind of plant it is, which is such an important component of many culinary recipes, as well as has found widespread use in medicine.

What is it used for in medicine?

Consider where tarragon is used in medicine, how to eat it for various diseases.

For preventive purposes

Tarragon has the ability to remove toxins from the body... At the same time, it improves appetite and digestion, which has a beneficial effect on the general state of human health. Tarragon takes care of the human circulatory system by removing toxins and free radicals that contribute to the formation of plaques in the blood. Thus, it serves as the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

Tarragon greens contain a large amount of vitamins (especially vitamin C) and minerals. This helps to strengthen the immune system. To do this, it is enough to add it to drinks or food during periods of seasonal vitamin deficiency.

Recipe: pour one teaspoon of dry tarragon with a glass of boiling water, insist and drink on an empty stomach for a third of a glass.

How to apply for bronchitis?

Antiviral and antibacterial properties help tarragon fight bronchitis... Best of all, infusions, decoctions, teas cope with this. You can use dried leaves to prepare them.

Recipe for bronchitis: Stir herbs (5-6 branches) with a teaspoon of sugar and leave until the juice appears. Pour a mass of 0.5 liters of vodka.

Withstand for three days, shaking occasionally. Drink the tincture before meals, 20-25 drops, dissolved in water. No more than 75 drops per day.


By strengthening blood vessels, tarragon increases blood flow to the groin and, as a result, stimulates potency in men. How to eat tarragon for impotence? To do this, it is enough to add tarragon greens to food as a seasoning.


The inhabitants of Ancient Greece noticed that tarragon greens relieve toothache, and they chewed this plant. Later, scientists found out that the eugenol contained in tarragon juice provides an analgesic effect, and antioxidants prevent the spread of bacteria in the oral cavity. In addition, tarragon greens perfectly freshen the breath.

Tarragon ointment is used to treat oral diseases... To prepare it, take 20 grams of dry powdered tarragon, mix with 100 grams of butter. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. After the ointment has cooled, lubricate the gums with it. Store in a cool place.


The pain relieving properties of tarragon can help manage headaches. It can be used both for individual cases and for chronic migraines. For this, essential oil or herbal teas made from fresh herbs or dry tarragon are suitable.

Headache tea recipe:

  1. Ingredients - water, tarragon greens, honey.
  2. Pour a tablespoon of leaves with a liter of boiling water (you can pour herbal or green tea).
  3. After twenty minutes, strain and drink. You can use it several times a day.

Disruption of the menstrual cycle

Tarragon normalizes the menstrual cycle in women, and also relieves pain and discomfort during menstruation. It can be used as a decoction or a variety of infusions. Details on the beneficial properties and contraindications of tarragon for women can be found here.

For the treatment of the genitourinary system, tarragon tincture with vodka is suitable. To prepare it, you will need 100 grams of greens and two glasses of vodka.

Pour tarragon with vodka and leave for a week... After that, drain the liquid and take 1 tablespoon 2-4 times a day for 5-6 days. This recipe also helps with cystitis. And we talked about the benefits and dangers of tarragon tincture on moonshine in this article.


Tarragon can be used to restore vitality in various ways. It is effective in the form of an essential oil, which can be dripped into an aroma lamp, added to a bath or given a relaxing massage. A decoction or tea will also help.

Tarragon decoction helps with fatigue in the form of a compress:

  1. a tablespoon of dried tarragon, pour one glass of water;
  2. boil for five minutes;
  3. infuse the broth for an hour and strain;
  4. moisten a towel with broth and wrap your head for ten minutes before going to bed.


Recommendations for the treatment of pneumonia are the same as those for bronchitis.... Use infusions, decoctions, teas, but you can also use essential oil for inhalation:

  1. boil 1 liter of water;
  2. add 6-8 drops of essential oil;
  3. breathe over the vapors, covered with a towel.


Infusions and teas based on tarragon are good for colds. This is due to the plant's antiviral and antibacterial properties. For colds, you can make such a healing tea.:

  1. mix 1 teaspoon of dry tarragon, half a teaspoon of grated ginger, add a slice of lemon;
  2. pour the ingredients with a glass of warm water and leave for half an hour;
  3. drink after meals.

Tea not only helps to cope with colds, but also normalizes digestion.


In folk medicine, tarragon has long been used to combat parasites. A decoction of dry leaves is used as an anthelmintic.:

  1. Pour a tablespoon of dried tarragon with 250-300 ml of water.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer for no more than 5 minutes.
  3. Take half a glass on an empty stomach. The course of treatment is not more than one month.

High blood pressure

Eating tarragon in various forms lowers blood pressure. For hypertensive people, this plant is also useful in that it can serve as a substitute for salt, which is not recommended for those with high blood pressure.

Hair loss

Tarragon is widely used in cosmetology... It is especially known for its ability to strengthen hair and prevent hair loss. There are tarragon-based shampoos, but you can simply add tarragon essential oil to your regular shampoo (10-15 drops per 0.5 gram of shampoo). Tarragon Firming Hair Mask:

  1. Pour a handful of tarragon greens (dried or fresh) with water and boil for 4-5 minutes;
  2. pour the resulting broth into a bag of colorless henna;
  3. cool to such a temperature that the hand will endure;
  4. add three drops of chamomile essential oil;
  5. apply to hair, cover with a bag;
  6. keep the mask for an hour and a half, and then wash off.

Slimming application

The calorie content of tarragon is only 25 kcal per 100 grams of product, so it can be safely used during any diets. In addition, the spicy flavor of this plant decorates food and helps to avoid or limit salt. It is especially good to add it fresh.

A positive effect in losing weight is also given by the fact that tarragon stimulates the digestive organs and makes the process of assimilation of food more efficient. Including tarragon in the diet, dosages should be remembered. Fresh herbs added to food are best suited for this purpose, but dried tarragon will also be effective.

Cooking use

What can be cooked with the addition of tarragon, what dishes are good to do with it, where is it added fresh and dried, what is it usually eaten with? The spicy aroma of tarragon has found its place in the cuisines of many countries around the world. In Arab countries, France and the Caucasus, tarragon is added to national meat dishes. Fresh or dried tarragon is used to season soups, side dishes, appetizers, salads... In preservation, tarragon leaves add a piquant taste and aroma to pickles and marinades. Dried tarragon can be added to baked goods for a woody flavor. Tarragon is the basis for different types of sauces. Finally, drinks are prepared on its basis - tea, lemonade, the familiar "tarragon".

Tarragon gives dishes a fresh aniseed aroma and a pungent, spicy taste. When heated, tarragon begins to taste bitter, so you need to add it to ready-made dishes, or 2-3 minutes before the end of cooking.

Only fresh herbs are added to the salad... It is also used to make sauces and dressings. Dried tarragon is added to hot dishes (read more about the beneficial properties of tarragon seasoning, its preparation and use here). Fresh tarragon leaves are recommended for preservation and for making drinks.

Tarragon goes well with many other spices, such as thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, lavender. He will create an excellent flavor composition with parsley, dill, celery, pepper, ginger and onion. Lemon juice enhances its flavor, which is why they are often used together.

Tarragon (tarragon) is a common perennial plant that resembles wormwood and has many healing properties. Regular use of the extract, tincture, tea leads to strengthening the body's defenses, restoring the functioning of the nervous system, intestines and respiratory organs, and also eliminates the symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion.


Tarragon should be consumed in very small quantities.

  • Excessive consumption can cause nausea and dizziness. You can eat no more than 50 grams of fresh herbs per day, no more than 5 grams of dry tarragon, and up to 500 ml of tea. Children's norm is 2 times less.
  • If you are allergic to chamomile, marigold or ragweed, you may also be allergic to tarragon. You can not eat tarragon in food or with drinks for people suffering from cholelithiasis, ulcers or other diseases of the stomach.
  • Also, dishes with tarragon are contraindicated during pregnancy, as they can provoke a miscarriage, and when breastfeeding, recipes with tarragon should be treated very carefully.
  • Tarragon promotes blood thinning and reduces its clotting, so before surgery, you should stop using it at least 15 days in order to avoid possible complications.
  • It is not recommended to give tarragon to children under five years of age.

Read more about the medicinal and beneficial qualities of tarragon and possible contraindications for human health in this article.

Tarhun - unique for its beneficial properties, he surprises with the breadth of use at home. Decorating everyday food with fresh and refined taste, it will heal the human body, take care of its beauty and longevity.

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