Oil properties : Tarragon oil has a herby, spicy, somewhat anise aroma.
Origin of tarragon oil :
It is a perennial herb and thrives near rivers and streams and has a woody stem, reaching about 1 meter (3 feet) high. It has silvery-green leaves covered with silky, fine hairs and pale yellow flowers.
It was first called 'Estragon' and was introduced into Spain by the conquering Moors. The name is derived from the Arabic word ' Tharkhoum' and the Latin word 'Dracunculus' meaning 'little dragon' probably because of the way the root seems to coil up like a dragon.
The leaf is commonly used as a domestic herb and to make tarragon vinegar.
Extraction: Tarragon oil is extracted from the leaves and the flowering tops by steam distillation.
Therapeutic properties : The therapeutic properties of Tarragon oil are anti-rheumatic, aperitif, digestive, deodorant, emmenagogue, stimulant and vermifuge.