Dill

Plant/part : Herb/fruits (source: europe, black sea, mediterranean)

Latin name : Anethum graveolers

Family : Umbelliferae

Note : Top

Extraction : Distillation

Aroma: Herby, almost grass like.

Properties: Can reduce appetite, and, with fennel and baking soda, is a constituent of “gripe water” (anti-colic water). The name dill evolved from the anglo-saxon dylle or dylla, which the name dill evolved from. Dill – meaning lull, probably referring to its principal use as a carminative though also used in compresses for insomnia. Became a very common plant in the middle ages, believed to be a charm against witchcraft and was popular in love potions. Helpful for disordered digestion in adults, easing flatulence and constipation. May have an effect on gastric fermentation and gets rid of bad breath. Seems to ease hiccups probably due to its antispasmodic properties. Helpful when feeling overwhelmed and may be of use in shock and times of crises.

Chemical constituents: Carvone (ketone), eugenol, myristicin (phenols), limonene, phellandrene, terpinene (terpenes).

Precautions: Used once to ease childbirth so perhaps best to avoid in pregnancy. Apart from gripe water the oil is much more powerful, and should not be used on infants.

Blends : Bergamot, coriander, cypress, geranium, mandarin.