Tarragon side effects


Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is an aromatic plant that generally produces no side effects when consumed at dietary levels.

Possible side effects that may occur in tarragon

Poisoning: risk of poisoning when using the essential oil of tarragon. The risk of poisoning from eating the dried plant as a spice is very low.

Contact dermatitis: for some people, contact with the fresh plant can cause contact dermatitis. Apply remedies for dermatitis.

Cancer: the continued use tarragon or essential oil can cause cancer. This is because it contains carcinogenic components (estragole and methyl eugenol). Do not treat with its essential oil of tarragon or use tarragon for long.

Scientific studies say the food use tarragon is not a major cancer risk, as these substances can be eliminated from the body relatively quickly. The only concern is the use of essential oil and long treatments with tarragon.

Biliary colic: tarragon cholagogue effect stimulates output of gallbladder stones. If there are large gallstones, the removal of this stone can cause pain or cramping. If you have stones in the gallbladder, do not take remedies for gallstones without medical supervision.

Digestive disorders: In people who suffer from intestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease or irritable colon, tarragon can trigger an outbreak, because it contains aromatic components.

Spontaneous abortion: because it contains thujone, tarragon treatment can cause abortion. Thujone has emmenagogue and abortifacient properties.

Tarragon in pregnancy and lactation

Tarragon is Not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding because it contains toxic and abortifacient components.

*Related information: Tarragon toxicity, contraindications of tarragon

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

17 June, 2021

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