Dill (Anethum graveolens)


The health benefits of dill include its ability to boost digestive health, as well as provide relief from insomnia, hiccups, diarrhea, dysentery, menstrual disorders, & respiratory disorders

Dill is an ancient Egyptian remedy described in the Ebers papyrus (c. 1500 BCE), where it is an ingredient in a pain-killing mixture.

The ancient Greeks are believed to have covered their eyes with fronds of the herb to induce sleep.

Dill was commonly used as a charm against witchcraft in the Middle Ages and was burned to clear thunderclouds.

Its name is derived from the Norse “dylla”, meaning to soothe.

Key Actions

  • antispasmodic
  • bacteriostatic
  • carminative
  • digestive aid
  • mild diuretic

Key Components

  • volatile oil (up to 5% mainly carvone and limonene)
  • fatty oil
  • coumarins
  • flavonoids
  • coumarins
  • xanthones
  • triterpenes
  • Medicinal Parts
  • Seeds, essenial oil, leaves

Dill seeds contain an oil that has mild antibacterial properties which may help destroy intestinal micro-organisms that cause ulcers and intestinal problems. German health authorities have approved dill as a treatment for intestinal complaints related to bacteria.