tarragon: the warming herb

The aphrodisiac history of tarragon

Aromatherapy acknowledges the aphrodisiac potential of herbs. But we tend to forget the many ways in which fresh herbs can add impact to foods.

As an addition to a dish, tarragon not only brings a distinctive flavor, it’s excellent for digestion. (And nobody feels sexy on a full stomach.) It is also considered a “warming herb,” great for building up some body heat.

Historically, it was used to stimulate appetite–perhaps more than one kind of appetite! And through nutritional investigation, we know that it is surprisingly rich in vitamin C, folate and manganese. But it also contains potassium and zinc, two other nutrients important to sexual satisfaction.

You might be surprised to learn that tarragon is a perennial in the sunflower family. Although we tend to think of it as a condiment in European cuisines, the herb actually originated in southeast Russia and Asia. However, it’s not Russian but French tarragon that is the herb most prized in cooking.

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