Tarragon, scientific name Artemisia dracunculus, also called estragon, is an aromatic plant of the Asteraceae family. Tarragon is a remedy to stimulate appetite in cases of loss of appetite, fatigue, convalescence or weakness, it aids digestion and is helpful in case of sour stomach and abdominal bloating. Another property of tarragon is that it is a diuretic, for this reason the plant results a help in case of rheumatism, gout, water retention, difficulty urinating or problems related to kidney and bladder functions.
You can add the tarragon to your dishes, from salads to meat, but also to pickles or olives in oil. In case of hiccups chew a few leaves, in this case it would be better to have the fresh plant, maybe grown in the garden or on the balcony. A remedy of the time of ancient Greeks is to chew the leaves of tarragon in case of toothache, but also inflammations of the mouth and sore throat.
To aid digestion and counteract sour stomach and bloating, you can prepare an infusion of tarragon in this way: bring to boil a liter of water, remove from heat and put to infuse for ten minutes 3-4 sprigs of fresh tarragon, drink up to 3 cups after meals.
You can crush a few sprigs of tarragon and apply on the painful part, in case of toothache, rheumatism and arthrosis.