Essential Oil of Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)


Family: Compositae

Origin: Middle East initially and then obtained through Russia and now in France

Plant description: A woodey stem reaching to about 3 feet with widely spaced, narrow olive green leaves with tiny white/grey flowers

Part of plant used for essential oil: Flowering plant

Extraction method: Steam

Main Chemical Constituents: Methylchavicol (Phenol), Ocimene, Phellandrene (Terpenes)

PRECAUTIONS: Some risk of toxicity with prolonged use. Avoid use during pregnancy due to its emmenagogue properties.

PROPERTIES: Antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aperitif, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, and vermifuge.



Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Breaks down the build up of uric acid, which contributes to arthritis. May also have a soothing and pain relieving effect on neuralgia and rheumatism.

Digestive: Has a profound affect on fragile digestive systems. May increase appetite and control nausea, belching and hiccups. Acts as a laxative, aids in the secretion of bile in order to digest fats.

Mental/Emotional: Helps you to get moving after being stuck, banishes apathy and boredom. Instills incentive.

Reproductive: Regulates erratic periods, calms menstrual pain, and could have some influence in fertility.

Respiratory system:

Urinary system: Has diuretic properties and clears the kidneys where there is difficulty urinating.

Skin care: May have some benefits in treating wounds.


About this essential oil: Has a cleansing effect on chronic conditions and has been used to treat snake and dog bites. There is a past connection to its use in clearing cancers.



  1. The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar
  2. essential oils.co.za/essential-oils/
  3. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/tarragon-essential-oil/profile

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