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.
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.