Tarragon Essential Oils

For generations, tarragon has been used in cooking as an herb, but its properties as a vermifuge, stimulant, emmenagogue, deodorant, digestive, circulatory, aperitif, and an antirheumatic substance make it valuable for its numerous medicinal benefits. With a thin consistency and spicy aroma that has been described as being similar to anise, these essential oils are derived through steam distillation from the plant’s flowering tops and leaves. Reportedly, these essential oils originated in Italy, but tarragon itself is indigenous to Southern Europe, Russia, and Germany.

Overall Benefits of Tarragon Essential Oils

  • For women, these oils are popular for helping to regulate periods and ease menstruation
  • Useful in digestive juice secretion stimulation leading to the stomach
  • On skin, may inhibit the growth of microbes and can act to keep down body odor
  • Increase and improve circulation of the blood
  • Assist in improving one’s appetite
  • Beneficial in stimulating the endocrinal and nervous systems
  • On wounds, these oils will kill maggots due to the level of toxicity
  • Certain individuals experiencing annoyance, fatigue, or nausea may find relief through the use of these essential oils.

Uses for Tarragon Essential Oils

As an essential oil that is utilized in combination with others, good pairings can be achieved by mixing tarragon with rosewood, lime, lavender, carrot seed, birch sweet, and pine. On their own, tarragon essential oils can benefit the urinary system, help fight infections, relieve gas and flatulence, increase the appetite, and are useful in the treatment of dyspepsia and anorexia. Because they stimulate many of the body’s systems, these essential oils may increase the body’s immunity as well as growth.


Tarragon essential oils should not be used by pregnant women or given to young children. These essential oils contain methyl chavicol, a.k.a. Estragole, so should not be taken internally.