Tarragon

A perennial herb up to 1 m tall, with branching stems and narrow, pointed aromatic green leaves.

Safe information: Do not use medicinally during pregnancy and only sparingly in food.

Part of plant used: Flowering stems

Active ingredients: As well as as bitters and tannins in the leaves, there is also a powerful essential oil with very pungent aroma-chemicals including estragole. It also has cleansing and liver-supportive properties.

Culinary use: Mainly used in food : egg, cheese, meat and fish dishes, pates, salad-green mixtures and salad dressings, aromatic vinegars and oils, and herbs butters.

Medicinal use: A standard infusion of the fresh or dried leaves can be used as a mouthwash for toothache , sore gums, or mouth ulcers.