TARRAGONHealth Benefits & Uses
How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Recipes with Tarragon: Asparagus with Mustard & Tarragon
Spring Blood ThinnerSpring is softening the soil, and the promise of a lush backyard garden is sweet compensation for the dark days of winter. Are you fantasizing about your culinary herb garden, picking and choosing the green leaves that will flavor and speckle this year's coming meals?
Don't forget about the anise-flavored tarragon. Get it growing in your windowsill as the winter withers. You might need it - tarragon is your springtime friend.
Blood tends to be congested and thick in the spring. Luckily, you can look to flavorful ingredients like raw onions or bright garlicky pestos to help get fluids moving. Try a pesto made with tarragon. Tarragon's aroma relaxes and dilates blood vessels, removing any restriction to circulation. The herb's hot pungency stimulates the heart and destroys a lingering winter chill. Tarragon's drying qualities reduce spring water retention as well, releasing water weight and restoring tone to puffy skin.These blood-moving and pressure reducing properties help reinvigorate the blood and flush the lymphatic system.
Tarragon not only clears the blood and gets it moving, tarragon reduces platelet adhesion and the clogging of blood vessels. It may be beneficial in cardiovascular disorders involving clotting.Tarragon belongs to the Artemisia genus, a genus that features prominently in many worldwide herbal heritages, including Chinese medicine and Western herbalism. The delicious leaves show up in cuisines from France to Russia and beyond. It's common knowledge; tarragon is delicious and good for you.
Recipes with Tarragon: Quinoa Stuffed Red Bell Peppers with Tarragon
Cleansing the BloodTurn to beautifying bitters in springtime, which is the time of year when nature nudges us to flush and cleanse our insides. Tarragon is one bitter-flavored helper. Its bitter taste cleanses the liver, encourages the production of bile, and purifies the blood. Some herbalists recommend soaking the bruised leaves in apple cider vinegar for a few hours, and then taking a spoonful of the medicated vinegar before eating to aid digestion and detoxification.
Famed British gardener John Evelyn said of tarragon, just as it was becoming a favored culinary herb in his homeland: "'Tis highly cordial and friend to the head, heart, and liver."
Historical uses of the herb affirm Evelyn's hunch, and much more. Medieval herbalists regarded tarragon as a treatment for snakebite.The ancient Greeks chewed the leaves and wedged them near a problematic tooth to treat the pain. In Chinese medicine the herb is turned to for menstrual difficulties, digestive support, and to assist with loss of appetite.
The name tarragon is a corruption of the French esdragon, derived from the Latin dracunculus, which means a little dragon.
Buying & Preparation
Make sure you get French tarragon instead of the other varieties often sold at stores. Fresh tarragon grown at home is best. It is said to be difficult to grow from seed and may be best purchased as a start. The herb is an excellent companion plant, helping to protect other plants in the garden from insects, which dislike its smell and flavor. Tarragon is a perennial that likes hot, sunny soils with minimal water retention.
Recipes with Tarragon: Tarragon and Pine Nut Quinoa
Cooking TarragonTarragon is one of four "fines herbes" of French cooking, grouped with parsley, chives, and chervil. Its flavor works well in chicken and fish marinades, as well as in egg dishes. At least one master chef declared that scrambled eggs with the right amount of tarragon are a bit of heaven. Tarragon is the main flavor of the rich Barnaise sauce, and tarragon vinegar. Tarragon adds a special zing to a spring salad with radishes.
Ever drink a green soda? Tarragon flavors a bright green carbonated beverage popular in Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia. This popular, verdant drink captures the freshness and effervescent impermanence of spring. In Slovenia, tarragon spices a traditional sweet cake called potica. Be cautious when cooking tarragon in soups, as the Hungarians do, because of its strong flavor.
Whenever there is a call for green herbs in a recipe, turn to tarragon. The herb will bring a bright, interesting flavor - swirled into a creamy soup, as a hummus topping with olive oil, in a lemony vinaigrette, or in a Greek yogurt dipping sauce for roasted veggies.Browse Recipes
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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/16 tsp
SPECIES: Artemisia dracunculus
Biocharacteristics of Tarragon
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Tarragon
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
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An herb that decongests or dislodges toxins from the body and the lymphatic, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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An antidote for a poison. Many anti-poisonous herbs draw out a poison and are good for insect bites. Others help burn it up.
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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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An herb that inhibits clotting, dissolves clots, thins the blood, or destroys platelets, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease, clots, and stroke. Aka anticoagulant.
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Strengthens and tones the heart (heart-tonic). Cardiac tonics are used to treat a wide range of heart issues from arrhythmia, to cardiac insufficiency.
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A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Tarragon
Turmeric has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Antipoisonous, Carminative, Digestive, Antimicrobial, Blood-thinner, Cholagogue, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Antiplatelet, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Vasodilator
Turmeric Root (Fresh)
Turmeric Root (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Detoxicant, Alterative, Antiplatelet, Carminative, Digestive, Analgesic, Antipoisonous, Cholagogue, Spleen-tonic, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Analgesic, Cardiac-tonic, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Digestive, Vasodilator
Dill has these Actions in Common
Antimicrobial, Carminative, Digestive, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic
Cilantro has these Actions in Common
Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Carminative, Digestive, Blood-thinner, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Alterative, Burns-toxins, Detoxicant
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Antipoisonous, Cardiac-tonic, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Blood-thinner, Carminative, Digestive
Scallions (Raw) has these Actions in Common
Blood-thinner, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Diuretic
Coriander Seed has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Carminative, Digestive
Nigella (black cumin)
Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Carminative, Digestive, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Detoxicant, Diuretic
Cardamom has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Analgesic, Carminative
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Tarragon
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Cholagogue, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Alterative, Diuretic, Analgesic, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Blood-thinner
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Analgesic, Vasodilator, Appetizer
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Cardiac-tonic, Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Vasodilator, Appetizer
Mahasudarshan has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Alterative, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Cholagogue
Echinacea has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Alterative, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Antipoisonous
Kushta has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antimicrobial, Appetizer
Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Antiplatelet, Blood-thinner, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Detoxicant, Vasodilator, Alterative
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Analgesic, Antipoisonous, Appetizer, Carminative, Cholagogue
Manjistha has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Analgesic, Blood-thinner, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Vasodilator
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Analgesic, Appetizer, Carminative, Cholagogue, Detoxicant
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Antipoisonous, Cardiac-tonic, Cholagogue, Digestive, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Alterative, Antimicrobial
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Tarragon may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem.
His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.