Botanical Name Artemisia dracunculus 
Botanical family Asteraceae (formerly Compositae)  
Origin Hungary 
Method Complete distillation by steam distillation  
Plant part Flowered aerial parts 
Note Top-middle 
Appearance limpid mobile liquid 
Color colorless to light yellow 
Odor aniseed, characteristic of tarragon 
Biochemical composition of the essential oil Ethers (65%): methyl chavicol  
Monoterpenes (15%): ocimene  
Therapeutic properties  Neuromuscular antispasmodic +++ 
Hepatic antiallergenic +++ 
Analgesic ++ 
Supports the parasympathetic nervous system ++
Stomachic, aperitif, antiemetic +++ 
Main therapeutic indications  Digestive spasms: hiccoughs, wind, colitis and spasmodic diarrhoea +++  
Infantile colic +++ 
Nervous tics, panic attacks, spasmophilia ++ 
Gynaecological spasms and pains: painful periods, dysmenorrhoea +++  
Nausea: all types +++ 
Kidney and gallstone colics +++ 
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