Biological Name: Artemisia Oracunculus
Other Names: Little Dragon, Mugwort, Estragon
Parts Used: Dried aerial parts of the plant
Volatile oil: of complex organization, according to breed, including alpha-pinenes, beta-pinenes, camphene, limonene, linalool, ocimene, myrcene, chavicol methyl ether, Flavonoids, Hydroxycoumarins, Polyynes
Tarragon is considered to be an appetite stimulant.
Description: The plant is indigenous to Russia (Russian Tarragon) and Mongolia and is cultivated widely.
The plant is a glabrous, 60 to 120 cm high herbaceous perennial. There are numerous stems, which are bushily branched with flowering branches at the top. The leaves are simple, lanceolate-linear, 2 to 10 cm by 2 to 10 mm, thorn-tipped, entire or slightly serrate, and somewhat glossy. It has an aromatic and intense odor.
Mode of Administration: Both the fresh and dried plant is used. ( Pick tarragon leaves or herbs when in bloom and dry carefully. ) This is mostly used as a culinary herb.
Safety: No health hazards or side effects are known when used properly and in therapeutic dosages.