Tarragon essential oil: properties, where to buy it, benefits, do it yourself, production and uses of this fantastic essential oil.
Tarragon essential oil, more rarely called tarragon essential oil, is famous for its antiseptic and digestive properties. For internal use, as we recommend for any essential oil, it is important to rely on a good herbalist or to use the parts of the plant directly. In the case of tarragon, its leaves contain a large number of micronutrients, especially vitamins A and C.
The leaves are used for the preparation of infusions to improve digestion and stimulate appetite while the infusions prepared from the roots help to relieve sore throats and inflammation of the airways.
The essential oil of tarragon is extracted by steam distillation. The parts of the plant used are the flowering tops and its leaves. The production of essential oils can be started in the home but the yields are very low. In the article dedicated to steam distillation we have explained all the details and a do-it-yourself method to make essential oils at home.
The chemical composition of this oil sees the presence of cineole (contained in abundance also in the essential oil of sage), estragon (contained in the most famous essential oil of star anise), ocimene (the monoterpene responsible for its smell) and phellandrene (a cyclic monoterpene also contained in the essence of eucalyptus).
Tarragon essential oil, properties and uses
To be disseminated in the environment
In aromatherapy, they recommend the use of tarragon essential oil to be spread in the rooms in order to mitigate states of anxiety and nervousness. It has revitalizing properties and relieves tension.
For toning massages and to fight cellulite
In cosmetics it can be used for the preparation of toning ointments to be massaged into the skin. For the preparation of a good anti-cellulite, a 1% dilution in avocado oil is recommended.
Against car and sea sickness. As a natural remedy for allergies
Tarragon essential oil, if inhaled, would seem an ancient grandmother’s remedy to deal with car, sea or train sickness.
For inhalation, it is recommended to wet a paper tissue with 2 drops of this essential oil and bring it closer to the respiratory tract. This remedy is also recommended to counteract pollen allergy.
Remedy for muscle spasms and tension
It can be used as a natural remedy for abdominal spasms (including cramps and menstrual pains) and muscle tension. In this context, an ointment must be prepared with 3 drops of essential oil of lemon balm, 2 drops of essential oil of tarragon and 30 ml of wheat germ oil, an excellent carrier oil.
Natural remedy for rheumatism
Thanks to its stimulating properties, it acts on blood circulation. This is why it can be considered a good remedy for cellulite. As for rheumatism, it not only stimulates circulation but helps expel toxins.
For internal use, it stimulates the secretion of gastric juices in the stomach and increases appetite. It can be recommended in cases of inappetence, it stimulates the production of saliva and accelerates digestion.
Tarragon essential oil, warnings and contraindications
Like all other essential oils, even that of tarragon, if used pure on the skin, exerts a strong irritant action. For this reason we remind you to use tarragon essential oil only diluted in vegetable oils (carrier oil or carrier oil).
It is contraindicated for use during pregnancy and lactation, to be kept out of reach of children. These contraindications arise from the presence of estragolo, a relatively toxic substance with emmenagogue properties.
It combines perfectly with the essential oil of carrot seeds and thyme.