Tarragon Materia Medica


Although chiefly a culinary herb, herbalists once considered tarragon beneficial for ailments affecting the head, heart and liver. Tarragon stimulates appetite and digestion, alleviates dyspepsia, flatulence and abdominal distention and relieves intestinal spasm, hiccough and aerophagia.

The Roman scholar Pliny considered tarragon useful for preventing fatigue. In this regard, during the Middle Ages some pilgrims would place tarragon in their shoes at the outset of a long journey taken by foot. As with many plants which have serpentine root systems, tarragon was used to treat snake bites. It was also widely used to treat the bites of rabid dogs. Tarragon has also been traditionally valued for its preservative properties which (being a rich source of Vitamins A and C that has been used to treat scurvy) derives largely from its antioxidant activity.

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14 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Rabies
Sefirah: Hod
Constitutional Type: Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; the homeopathic remedies Stramonium and Lac Caninum; astral body; Nefesh behemis; hysteria; Rabies miasm; Hod.

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