Dill weed (Anethum graveolens)
THERAPEUTIC USES AND BENEFITS OF DILL
Dill is used as an appetizer. It is believed to stimulate peristaltic motion of the intestine and it has been used as an herbal remedy for heartburn.
It is used as and herbal remedy for insomnia. The flavonoids and vitamin-B complex which dill is rich of are believed to activate the secretion of certain enzymes and hormones which have calming effect.
Monoterpenes and flavonoids present in its essential oils are germicidal or bactericidal in nature. They can help treat diarrhea by inhibiting microbial infections.
Dill is high in calcium which promotes healthy teeth and bones. Also, dill seeds and leaves are very good mouth fresheners due to its anti-microbial nature.
Dill is high in substances known as monoterpenes which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties.
Dill contains components known as polyacetylenes which have been shown to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activity as well as anti-inflammatory effects.
Dill contains dietary fiber and it is a good source of the minerals manganese, iron and magnesium.
Dill has been thought to help lactating women increase the flow of milk.
For menstrual disorders the flavonoids in the essential oils of dill are believed to stimulate secretion of certain hormones which in turn help maintain proper menstrual cycles.
Commonly added to cough, cold and flu remedies.
A bit of info
Did you know that dill was used by Hippocrates as an application on burns suffered by soldiers in ancient Rome? Dill is not just used for pickling or as an added herb to certain dishes, but has medicinal qualities as well, hence this Health Benefits Dill page.
The components in dill oil act as protective neutralizers in carcinogens such as: cigarettes smoke, charcoal grill smoke, and trash incinerator smoke. This oil also prevents bacteria growth, much in the same way as garlic.
In addition to its aforementioned properties, dill is a very good source of calcium which is important for reducing the bone loss that occurs after menopause and in some conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Crushed dill seeds, when diluted with water, can be used as a nail-strengthening bath.
When chewed, dill seeds can be highly effective in curing bad breath. It can also be used to relieve stomach symptoms.
Simply chop a little dill and mix it with plain low fat yogurt.
Did you also know that one tablespoonful of dill seed contains as much calcium as one-third cup of milk?
Dill tea is used as a stomach soother, to overcome insomnia, and even to cure hiccups.
Dill tea in its diluted form, it may be used as a remedy for gas in infants.
Anti Cancer Properties
Perhaps the most impressive dill health benefit is its anti-cancer properties. Dill has monoterpene components. These components activate glutathione-S transferase, an enzyme that helps oxidize molecules that harm or do damage to the human body. The glutathione in dill is a great anti-oxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals and carcinogens such as cigarette and charcoal grill smoke and those produced by trash incinerators.
Dill has similar bacteriostatic or bacteria-regulating effect as garlic. Research shows that the oil derived from dill has the ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth. It can be a treatment for diarrhea because of it has very good digestive properties and the monoterpenes help inhibit microbial infections.
Bone Loss Prevention
Calcium is a very important nutrient that our bodies need to prevent or reduce bone loss. Since dill is also rich in calcium, it helps in preventing bone loss, especially for women after menopause. Furthermore, it helps with other conditions associated with calcium deficiency such as rheumatoid arthritis,muscle spasms and weak bones. According to The World's Healthiest Foods, 2 teaspoons of dill contain almost 37 mg of calcium.
Calcium is also necessary for good oral health. The calcium contents of dill may help to keep teeth to be strong and healthy, and the essential oils present in dill act as a germicidal and disinfectant, contributing to oral care and hygiene. The anti-oxidant properties of dill lessens the damages that free radicals can do to teeth and gums. In addition, dill seeds and leaves make great mouth fresheners. Eating a dill leaf or seeds after a meal will give you fresh breath just like a peppermint.
The essential oils of dill contain kaempferol and other components that acts as an anti-congestive and antihistamine in certain respiratory disorders. These components may help in clearing a congestive respiratory system due to allergies and cough.
A Good Insomnia Treatment
Most herbs have the same properties as stimulants and sedatives. In cases of insomnia, the flavonoids and the B vitamins in the essential oils of dill help to activate the production of certain hormones and enzymes to give a calming effect, and in turn helps to overcome insomnia and get a good night's sleep.
As a stimulant, dill may help in the secretion of certain hormones during menstrual cycles. The secretion of these hormones in turn helps regulate and maintain the proper hormone cycle of women. Women with irregular menstrual cycles will benefit a lot in including dill in their diet.