Tarragon

Tarragon is a perennial herb, it has a sweet pine and licorice flavour and is a classic ingredient in sauces. It has been used in culinary and medicinal applications for centuries. It is particularly popular in French cooking and is commonly used to season chicken, pork and fish dishes. Some people seek out tarragon substitutes because of the distinct flavor of this spice, which is similar to anise or licorice. This is due to the estragole found in this herb.

Benefits

May prevent the Growth of Cancer Cells

Tarragon leaves are rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals in the body. The antioxidants can help the body fight diseases such as cancer. This factor may not only prevent cancer cell growth; it could also protect the body from various other serious diseases.

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Tarragon leaves have high levels of potassium, which is considered essential in making the kidneys, heart and liver function properly. Tarragon leaves are also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, making the heart vessels free from any kind of damage. Owing to the potassium it contains, the leaves may help in regulating heart contraction.

Maintaining Blood Sugar Level in Diabetic Patients

In order to maintain patient’s blood sugar, the calories consumed should be evenly distributed throughout the body. Tarragon leaves are rich in poly-phenolic compounds and dietary fibers, aiding the calorie to distribute into all organs of the body. This mechanism may help to lower the blood-sugar levels in diabetes patients.

Prevent Anaemia

Tarragon leaves contain iron mineral which is important to produce red blood cells containing haemoglobin. It also contains rich levels of Vitamin C which help in absorbing the iron in the body and hence may be used to avoid blood-related issues such as anaemia.

Protect Intestinal Mucosa

Tarragon may also assist in situations where the intestinal mucosa is damaged. In such cases, zinc, which is found in tarragon, can help in the process of repairing the internal intestinal walls.

In Dentistry

Tarragon may be used in dentistry as an aesthetic and antiseptic agent by curing oral problems like cavities, loosening of teeth, and fragility of gums. Tarragon leaves contain eugenol, an essential oil in the herb that gives pain relieving effect. It has been proven to help decrease sore gums which can occur as a result of toothaches. Chewing tarragon leaves may help reduce the tooth pain. Drinking it as herbal tea could also give the same effect.