BENEFITS OF TARRAGON
"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."
Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.
Tarragon is highly aromatic and has luxurious mixed smell of mint and celery, and to add to this, this aromatic herb contains a big whack of beneficial nutrients, take a look at the list below!! Wow
It is low in calories and carbs and contains nutrients that may be beneficial for your health:
IMPORTANT: If you should like the benefits of Tarragon you will see that at the end of the benefits of the herb that we are giving some hints to help you to grow this herb in your own back yard !!
Just one tablespoon of dried tarragon leaves provide:
- 5 Calories
- 1 gram carbs
- 6% of the (DV) Daily Value of Manganese - Brain Health
- 3% of the DV of Iron - The key to cell function and blood production
- 1% of the DV for Potassium - Crucial for proper heart, muscle, and nerve function
Tarragon may help decrease blood sugar by Improving insulin sensitivity
So many things can lead to insulin resistance which resuts in elevated glucose levels and Tarragon has been found to help improve insulin sensitivity and the way your body uses glucose.
Tarragon may improve sleep and regulate sleep Patterns
Insufficient sleep has been linked to poor health outcomes, and can also increase your risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease!!
- Changes in work schedules, high levels of stress or busy lifestyles may contribute to poor sleep quality.
- Sleeping pills or hypnotics may lead to complications, including depression or substance abuse.
The Artemisia group of plants appeared to provide a sedative effect and help regulate sleep patterns.
Tarragon comes from this group of plants, which may have a sedative effect and improve sleep quality, this potential benefit has not yet been studied in humans.
May help relieve pain associated with conditions like Osteoarthritis
Tarragon has been used for treating pain on Osteoarthritis patients, for a long time in traditional folk medicine
Versatile and easy to Incorporate into your Diet
Tarragon has a subtle taste, it can be used in a variety of dishes, try the ones below:
- Add to scrambled or fried eggs
- Use as garnish on roast chicken.
- Toss into sauces such as pesto.
- Add to fish, such as salmon
- Mix with Olive oil and drizzle on the top of roasted vegetables.
Health Benefits of Tarragon
- Tarragon leaves contain anti-oxidants that help free radicals inside the body.
- Because of its antioxidants, Tarragon leaves have the capability to help prevent the growth of cancer cells.
- Tarragon leaves can help protect your heart from heart disease because they contain potassium which plays the important role to regulate heart contractions.
- Tarragon can lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, because they are rich in dietary fibre which can distribute the calorie into all organs in the body. This mechanism can lower the blood sugar level in diabetic patients.
- Tarragon can prevent muscle spasm, because of the magnesium contained in the leaves, and will also keep the bones healthy.
- Tarragon leaves are rich in calcium which will help strengthen teeth.
- Tarragon leaves are rich in Vitamin C which will help enhance the imune system.
- The antioxidant in tarragon leaves helps reduce swelling or redness in the inflammation area.
- Tarragon are rich in Vitamin A which helps to keep the eyes healthy.
- Tarragon leaves act as a natural diuretic.
- Tarragon helps with toothache pain, due to the presence of eugenol in the leaves.
- Tarragon leaves have a sedative effect and help relieves insomnia, and helps to relieve anxiety.
- Vitamin B6 in the leaves helps protect the brain and improves the cognitive function, you will stay away from dementia.
- It has essential oil which can reduce body odour.
- The dietary fiber in Tarragon can help prevent constipation.
- The eugenol compound can reduce menstruation pain.
- Tarragon leaves are rich in Potassium which helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels.
You can use these beneficial herb in various ways, depending on your needs
- Chew the herb directly
- Use in a salad
- Use as a seasoning herb
- Make a cup of tea from the herb
- Apply to your body area as a deodorant, shampoo and soap
And lastly, fresh tarragon keeps best in the refrigerator. Simply rinse the stem and leaves with cold water, loosely wrap in a damp paper towel and store in a plastic bag, they will typically last in the fridge for 5 or so days, when they turn brown, discard them.
A quick little lesson on how to grow this herb, as an end to our page on benefits of Tarragon.
- Tarragon loves the sun, but not the heat, so morning and evening sun, but protected from the midday sun.
- Grow it in pots or in beds.
- Plant as soon as the last frost has passed in early spring.
- If you don't have a protected area use a shade cloth.
- Best way to propagate is either by cutting or root division.
- Grown up plants can tolerate drier conditions, but for best production, keep the soil evenly moist.
- It does'nt like wet feet, so never water to the point of sogginess.
- There is usually little need to feed paragon when it is growing in fertile soil.
- You can harvest tarragon as soon as it is established and beginning to put on new growth.
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