Type of plant: Tall herb with green feathery leaves and a large flower head with many small yellow flowers and small seeds
Part used: Seeds
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: Dill has been used for thousands of years in cooking and in medicine and has been an integral part of herb gardens since the Middle Ages. Dill is still a part of many European pharmacopeias. The main ingredient of babies’ gripe water for colic is dill. The recipe for cucumbers pickled in dill was first made for King Charles I in 1640.
Principal places of production: England, Hungary, France, Spain, Germany
When buying look for: A colorless to yellow liquid with a fresh, grassy, sweet, slightly spicy aroma. Not to be confused with Indian dill (Anethum sowa).
Therapeutic properties: Antiputrescent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, calmative, carminative, cholagogue, decongestive, depurative, digestive, hepatic, sedative
Therapeutic uses: Colic, indigestion, dyspepsia, flatulence, gastrointestinal spasm, intestinal cramp, gastric spasm, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, constipation, detoxifying, headaches, nervous stomach, menstrual pain, digestive stimulant, nervousness
Blends well with: Angelica seed, aniseed, bergamot, caraway seed, cardamom, cinnamon leaf, coriander seed, fennel (sweet), grapefruit, juniper berry, lemon, mandarin, may chang, nutmeg, orange (sweet), petitgrain, spearmint
Precautionary advice: Best avoided if using multiple medications.