Sleep Until Dawn With Tarragon


Tarragon is one of those herbs I am sure I have never used before.  It is not very common in the U.S.  But in France, now that’s a different story.  It is one of four herbs used in the finest French cooking.  They call it the ‘king of herbs.’ It tastes like anise.  Historically it was used to flavor food for feasts and weddings.  It can be used like salt, but without its negative effects.

It can be used fresh in salad, as it claims lettuce as family!  Though because of its size, it probably will not stand alone.  I make a lot of salads and I can’t wait to try this!

Fresh tarragon used in cooking as medicinally is the best, as the dried form loses some flavor.  So its best to buy a plant, where its at your fingertips.  I bought mine at Home Depot.  I guess now that I have a tarragon plant I can flavor my food with it and feel like the rich and famous!

Tarragon Health Benefits

  • eases toothache
  • appetite stimulant
  • aids digestion
  • combats anxiety and stress
  • blood thinner
  • induces sleep
  • remedies hiccups
  • mends snake bites
  • alleviates rheumatic pain
  • lowers blood pressure
  • regulates menstrual cycle
  • cools hot flashes
  • calms hyperactivity
  • assists with learning disorders


If you are pregnant or lactating, you should avoid tarragon.  In addition, if you are taking prescription medication, please check with your doctor before using.  Use in moderation.

Some Final Musings

Tarragon is just one of those hidden treasures.  Such health wrapped up in so much extricate beauty.  Packed with vitamins and minerals, it is just waiting to be discovered.  Beyond that, its usefulness in hot flashes, hyperactivity, learning disorders, stress reduction, sleep inducing…Was there something there that applied to you?  There are no side effects, so what do you have to lose?

Comment and let me know what you have used tarragon for.

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  1. Linda at Mixed Kreations says:

    Cool! I need to try tarragon, my hot flashes make me miserable sometimes. I got off my hormones when my mom was diagnosed with hormonal breast cancer caused from her body making to much hormones. And here I am taking extra so I got off. But had to get back on I was so miserable, so I half them now but still have the hot flashes just not quite as bad. Would love to find a natural remedy. One that helps you sleep better is a plus. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jann Olson says:

    I have planted Tarragon before, but mostly enjoyed how pretty it was. lol! I had no idea it was so useful. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Deborah Davis says:

    Hi Sarah,
    It’s so nice to learn that tarragon is a tasty addition to salads as well as a sleep aid. I must try it. I am delighted that you shared the health benefits and uses for tarragon with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it. I’m pinning and sharing.

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