Formal Name: Artemisia dracunculus
Supplement Forms: Leaves, liquids

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Tarragon was originally introduced to Europe by invading Mongols in the 1200s. American colonists later brought tarragon to the new world. Tarragon was once used to treat snakebites. French tarragon, sometimes called "true tarragon," has a sweeter, more pleasant flavor than Russian tarragon, which is commonly sold in the US simply as "tarragon."

Bodily Functions Tarragon Assists

Tarragon, also sometimes called "dragon's herb," is perennial herb grown throughout North America and Asia. The herb promotes healthy digestion, and is also used as a mild sedative and appetite stimulant. Some studies suggest that tarragon can prevent heart disease and lower high blood pressure. Used externally, it has a numbing effect, and can relieve toothaches and insect stings.

Foods High in Tarragon

Tarragon is frequently used as a food seasoning, particularly in soups, stews, fish, meats, and tarragon vinegar. It can also be used to brew herbal tea.

Ailment That Tarragon Eliminates:
  • Relieves indigestion
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Works as a mild sedative to induce sleep
  • Relieves minor aches and pains when used topically
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Slight risk of allergic reaction
  • Could be carcinogenic in extreme doses