Botanical: Anethum graveolens
Family: Umbelliferae (carrot) - Apiaceae (parsley)
Other common names: Dilly, Garden Dill
Even better than Dill pickles, Dill Seed has been used for centuries as an appetite stimulant, as well as an excellent digestive aid that relieves a gassy, sour stomach, hiccups, intestinal gas pains and colic. Try it as a breath freshener and nail strengthener too!
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Dill is a hardy annual or biennial that is native to the Mediterranean region and southern Russia. It will grow in almost any soil, often self-seeding when left alone, and may reach a height of five feet. Ancient Egyptians mentioned its use as a soothing digestive medicine five thousand years ago; and in the Talmud (ancient Jewish law), records show that it was such a valuable commodity it was subject to a tithe. Pliny (A.D. 23-79) described numerous medicinal uses for the herb, and the Greeks used it to relieve hiccups. Its name is derived from the Old Norse, dilla, meaning "to lull," as it was commonly given to soothe and lull infants with colicky stomachs. In the Middle Ages, Dill was one of the herbs used on St. John's Eve and prized as a protection against witchcraft. Magicians used Dill in casting their spells and in magic potions, while lesser mortals infused it in wine to enhance passion. In the 1600s, Dill continued to be popular as a digestive aid for easing hiccoughs (hiccups), expelling wind and relieving the pains of indigestion. Early settlers had taken Dill to North America, where it became known as a "meetin' seed," because children were given Dill seed to chew as a calmative during long church sermons. Even now, some families still use Dill water (or 'gripe water') to relieve digestive discomforts and colic in infants. Some of Dill's constituents include flavonoids and essential oils. Although Dill is probably chiefly known today as a culinary herb and spice to flavor soups, stews, fish and vegetables, its digestive benefits are still widely valued. Dill oil is also used commercially as a scent in soaps, and the spicy seeds are frequently substituted for salt in salt-free diets.
Dill has been used for thousands of years as a wonderful aid to good digestion, calming and toning the digestive system, and stimulating a healthy appetite. It is an old, tried-and-true remedy for a sour and upset stomach, hiccups and a relief for stomach cramps. Dill was a folk remedy for infant colic and other digestive disorders in older children, a remedy that is still in use today.
Dill is a "carminative" that helps to ease flatulence. It prevents gas from forming in the intestines or helps to expel any gas that is trapped in the intestines, while also helping to ease "griping" (sharp pains and grumbling in the bowels). It is also said to have mild diuretic effects.
For halitosis, Dill is considered an excellent breath freshener and is also believed to strengthen nails.
Dill appears to have some anti-bacterial properties and may control infection, and the flavonoids in Dill have exhibited some anti-inflammatory properties.
Nursing mothers have used Dill to stimulate lactation and increase milk.
As a calmative, Dill may help treat mild insomnia.
Pregnant women should not use Dill Seed Herbal Supplement, and some people may be sensitive to it, developing a minor skin rash. If this occurs, discontinue use.