Tarragon or Artemisia dracunculus is a wonderful herb that belongs to the sunflower family and is known for its flavour, fragrance and medicinal properties. Make creamy tarragon chicken or have roasted vegetables in tarragon and lime, it is sure to delight the taste buds of even the most picky eaters. It has very little calories, but packs lots of nutrients – the best combination for an expecting mum.
Tarragon is rich in manganese, iron and potassium – which means it is great for the developing bones and cartilage of the baby, prevents anaemia during pregnancy and helps in maintaining the electrolyte balance in the pregnant woman’s body. It also regulates blood sugar levels, improves quality of sleep, eases pain and is considered good for the heart.
So whether you use fresh tarragon or it’s dried form, consuming it in small quantities i.e. in food amounts during pregnancy is safe. Just make sure to wash it thoroughly in cold water before using it to avoid the risk of toxoplasmosis. Avoid using tarragon essential oil as it may cause skin irritation. Also avoid consuming tarragon in medicinal quantities as it may cause menstruation and lead to miscarriage. Always consult your doctor about herbs safe to consume during pregnancy.