The dill plant is a diuretic that has shown to offer relief of menstrual pains. Studies have also demonstrated it may help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels in a positive way. It has also been used as a folk remedy for digestive issues and oral inflammation.
Dill was used in the Medieval Times to ward away witches. People would hang the herb above their doorsteps to keep them away.
Multiple human studies have shown potential for dill having both a hypolipidemic and hypoglycemic effect. Further, it has shown to reduce digestive upset and menstrual complaints. In vitro studies have demonstrated antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant and activities. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Anethum graveolens
Dill is a common culinary herb growing in Europe and Asia. It grows to about 2 feet tall with delicate feathery leaves, umbel white or yellow flowers, and distinctive small hard and creased seeds.
Both the seeds and leaves are used as a spice and herb. About a teaspoon of the seed can be steeped in hot water for ten minutes, strained, and enjoyed as a tea for flatulence, menstrual pains, and digestive issues.
Oil is steam distilled from this common herbal seed with a sweet fresh aroma.