Dill is easy to spot growing in a garden because of its thread like feathery leaves. A tidbit of information that many people are not aware of is dill is related carrot and parsley. The herb was so prized in ancient civilizations that people actually used dill as payment for things they purchased. Today, dill is still highly valued but primarily for its medicinal properties and culinary appeal. The oil of dill makes it a versatile naturopathic remedy. This is especially true with stomach and intestinal issues, nervous conditions, and heartburn. It’s often prescribed by homeopathic physicians for diseases of the liver and gallbladder. Because of dill’s mild nature, the herb is often used for childhood ailments and conditions.
Dill is also excellent at getting rid of the hiccups and has been used for this annoying ailment since since mid evil times. Drinking dill tea relaxes the diaphragm and provides fast relief of hiccups, which are caused by involuntary contractions of this muscle. To make the tea, simply pour one cup of boiling water over a tablespoon of dried dill leaves. Then, cover the tea and allow it to steep for fifteen minutes. Once the infusion has cooled, it is ready to slowly drink in small sips.
The essential oils in dill can calm down a nervous stomach and relieve bloating as well as some liver and gall bladder issues. It can also be used to kill intestinal bugs. Dill is also an excellent remedy for colicky babies. Do be aware that eating dill in very large quantities can impede kidney function.
Dill leaves contain an abundance of vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium as well as calcium and fiber. Dill is often used to help those struggling with insomnia. To make a tea to be used as a natural sleep aid, pour hot water over one teaspoon of crushed dill seed’s and one teaspoon of mixed herbs. Then, steep and strain the infusion. Drink the tea right before your bedtime. Freshly cut dill will keep in the freezer and retain it’s flavor and aroma for up to five weeks when stored in perforated foil pouches.
In order to ease bloating, an infusion can be made from dill seeds as an effective home remedy. To make the tea, combine one cup of hot water, one cup of wine and two tablespoons of crushed dill seed’s. Then, boil the mixture and allow it to stand for four hours. It is fine to consume up to two cups per day.
Dried dill is sometimes used to pickle cucumbers, cabbage and other types of vegetables. Fresh dill can make a great tasting vinegar. To make dill vinegar, pour one quart of white wine over two ounces of fresh dill and allow it to stand for three weeks. As you can see, dill is a versatile herb with many health benefits. Be sure to always check with your homeopathic physician before starting a new herb.