Tarragon Essential Oil

£12.75 £49.57 inc VAT

Tarragon is distilled from the leaves and produces oil which has a sweet, spicy-green scent. Tarragon is invigorating and may help maintain a healthy digestive system.



Tarragon | Latin Name: Artemisia dracunculus | Family: Asteraceae | Extraction: Distillation | Plant Part: Leaves

A  colourless or pale yellow mobile liquid (turning yellow with age), with a sweet-anisic, spicy-green scent.

Its a perennial herb with smooth narrow leaves, an erect stem up to 1.2 meters tall, and small yellow-green, inconspicuous flowers. Native to Europe, southern Russia and western Asia. Now cultivated worldwide, especially in Europe and the USA. The oil is mainly produced in France, Holland, Hungary and the USA. The so-called French tarragon or “sativa” which is cultivated as a garden herb, is a smaller plant with a sharper flavour than the Russian type.


Anthelmintic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, hypnotic, stimulant, stomachic, vermifuge. Used in aromatherapy for anorexia, dyspepsia, flatulence, hiccoughs, intestinal spasm, nervous indigestion, sluggish digestion, amenorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea and PMT.

Essential Oil Properties & Meanings

Herbal & Folk Tradition

The leaf is commonly used as a domestic herb, especially with chicken or fish, and to make tarragon vinegar. The name is thought to derive from an ancient use as an antidote to the biotas of venomous creatures and ‘madde dogges’. It was favoured by the maharajahs of India who took it as a tisane, and in Persia, it was used to induce appetite.

The leaf was also formally used for digestive and menstrual irregularities, while the root was employed as a remedy for a toothache.

Safety Data & MSDS

Moderately toxic due to ‘estragole’ (methyl chavicol): use in moderation only. Possibly carcinogenic. Otherwise non-irritant, non-sensitising. Avoid during pregnancy

Estragole ( up to 70%), Capilene, ocimene, nerol, Phellandrene, Thujone and cineol.

Tarragon MSDS
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