Essential Oil

Tarragon Oil

Artemisia dracunculus

Our certified organic tarragon essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of this herb growing wild in the fields and hillsides of France. We love using this essential oil to help ease painful muscle spasms, especially those relating to the colon and digestive system. Because this essential oil is strong and potent, due to its naturally occurring chemical components, we only recommend using it for short periods of time, such as 3-4 days at a time, and at a 0.1% dilution, if used topically.

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Benefits and uses

The rich, green leaves of the Artemisia dracunculus herb create a sweet, almost anise-like, slightly spicy essential oil. In addition to helping relieve unwelcome muscle spasms associated with the digestive system, tarragon essential oil also helps soothe a spastic cough and other general muscle spasms that might occur in the body. This essential oil is also sedative and helps with sleep support. Often, we will use tarragon essential oil at night when we are experiencing a persistent or spastic cough, as it also helps promote a restful night’s sleep. Tarragon essential oil should only be used for short periods of time and in a 0.1% dilution, if used topically.

Emotionally and energetically, tarragon essential oil protects and calms. It can help strengthen the mind and spirit and promote a sense of calm, especially if one is dealing with shock from a particularly intense situation or event.

estragole

67-78%

(Z)-β-ocimene

3-12%

limonene

3-5%
Country
France
Plant Part
  • Leaves
Cultivation
Certified Organic
Botanical Family
Asteraceae
Extraction Methods
Steam Distilled
Notes
  • Top-middle
Chemical Families
  • Ethers
Aromas
  • Spicy
  • Sweet
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  • Lawless J.The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Elemental Books Limited, England, 1995.
  • Schnaubelt K. Advanced Aromatherapy, The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, USA, 1998
  • Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  • Tisserand. R. Essential Oil Safety, Churchhill Livingstone, 1995.
Shelf Life

5 years

Safety & Warnings

The research confirming Tarragon's estragole (methyl chavicol) content causes genotoxicity is all based on high oral doses. The oil may have a hepatotoxic effect when used on the skin on a daily basis. Use only for acute situations, and for short periods of time. Tarragon is considered safe when used on the skin in very small doses of 0.1%, and only occasionally. Methyl eugenol content may inhibit blood clotting. Estragole is not contraindicated for pregnancy, however, because of the antiplatelet aggregation activity, it’s cautioned against breastfeeding, as it could pass into breast milk.

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