SERVING SIZE: 1/16 tsp
SPECIES: Artemisia dracunculus
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
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.
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.
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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.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Tarragon Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences 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.
Here are the herbal actions of Tarragon:
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Cleanse and Detox:
Heart & Circulation:
ALTERATIVELiterally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
ANTIPLATELETAn herb that destroys platelets in the blood, therefore reducing the tendency of blood to form clots. They are useful in cardiovascular disease.
BLOOD-THINNERHerbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.
CARDIAC-TONICStrengthens and tones the heart. Cardiac tonics are used to treat a wide range of heart issues.
VASODILATORA 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.
ANTIMICROBIALAn 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.
ANTIPOISONOUSAn antidote for a poison. Many anti-poisonous herbs draw out a poison and are good for insect bites.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs 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.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
ANALGESICRelieves or reduces feelings of pain without eliminating sensation.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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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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a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Mind Stress SleepConfusion / Cloudy Mind, Difficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Tired in morning
Weight LossFeel overweight
Blood and CirculationHeart Attack, High Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, Irregular heartbeat, Puffy under eyes / Bags, Stroke (from clot), Swollen lymph nodes, Varicose Veins
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.