Dill is mostly well known as a seasoning herb for cucumbers and salads. However, like its brother, the fennel, it has numerous healing properties. Its milk-supporting property is particularly noteworthy. It also relieves flatulence in babies.
The entire plant has a strong dill smell. This is how it can be distinguished from other umbellifers. The stems of the annual dill grow to a height of up to one metre at flowering time. The thread-thin leaves are bluish and delicately double pinnate. The yellow flower umbels are large but airy. and very delicate.
Used plant parts
Leaf & seed.
June to September.
Main use: Digestion.
- Stomach problems
- Breast milk
- Uterus cramps
- Loss of appetite
- Menstrual cramps
Forms of Preparation
Dill seeds can be used as tea or boiled in wine to combat flatulence, stomach cramps and to stimulate milk production. As a mild tea it also helps against flatulence in babies, similar to fennel.
When used as a sitz bath, the herb helps against uterine cramps, for example in painful menstruation.
As a warm compress in olive oil, dill helps against ulcers.
However, the most common use of dill is in the kitchen. It is used to season cucumbers, salads and sauces.
- IPA(key): /dɪɫ/
- Rhymes: -ɪl
From Middle English dile, from Old English dile (“dill, anise”); from Proto-Germanic *dilja-, of uncertain, probably non-Indo-European origin, possibly a west European substrate.
Cognate with Old Saxon dilli, Dutch dille, Swedish dill, German Dill.
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