Dill Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Dill Herb

  • The monoterpenes contained in dill stimulates secretion of glutathione-S-transferase enzymes that is powerful in eliminating carcinogens. For that, dill is good at anti cancer.
  • Dill leaves and seeds are extremely good oral fresheners. Besides that, the volatile oils found in it are antioxidant, germicidal and disinfectant. Therefore they help stop oral microbial infections. The antioxidants reduce the damages to teeth and gums caused by free radicals.
  • The essential oils found in dill are stimulant and helps activate bile and digestive juice secretion. The volatile oils are also helpful in boosting intestine's peristaltic motion, thereby improving digestion.
  • The vitamin B complex and flavonoids contained in the essential oils triggers secretion of specific hormones and enzymes that are hypnotic and calmative, and thus helping to prevent insomnia.
  • Being carminative, dill helps gas expulsion and minimizes gas formation. It helps reduce hiccups caused by allergies, hyperactivity, nervous problems and so on.
  • Dill contains flavonoids and monoterpenes in its essential oils that are bactericidal or germicidal and they are good at healing diarrhea by curbing microbial infections.
  • Dill can help fight dysentery that is caused by fungal infections. This is due to the essential oils it contains are anti-fungal in nature.
  • Kaempferol and some components found in monoterpenes and flavonoids in dill are anti-histaminic and anti-congestive and help eliminate the respiratory system congestion caused by histamine, cough or allergies.
  • Dill is relaxing, fortifying, diuretic, carminative, anti-spasmodic and anti-flatulent. The herb stimulates lactation and endocrinal secretions, improves libido because of the Arginine content and finally, it helps maintain bone and oral health due to being rich in calcium. 

Facts about Dill Herb

Fresh Dill Herb Leaves

Dill (scientific name Anethum graveolens) is a shrub, that produces both a dill / dill seed (fruit) and dill weed (leafy growth). The plant belongs to the Apiaceae family, same as anise, caraway, cilantro, cumin and fennel.

Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, recognized for the Hippocratic Oath, documented a dill mouthwash recipe. It is stated in Charlemagne's list of herbs as well, and the man served dill tea.

Similar to some other herbs that belong to the family, dill is tall, usually achieving 1 meter, and has feathery leaves. Certain species have been grown to be shorter, in order to avoid bolting, as well as to increase seed output. Its flowers vary from yellow to white. 

Dill Nutrition Information and Calories

Nutrition Facts of 1 cup (8 g) Fresh Dill Weed
Calories 4 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g


Dill Recipe

Garlic Dill Pickle Recipe

Make: 4 x 500 ml jars

10 small pickling cucumbers
2 tablespoons pickling salt
500 ml water
500 ml white vinegar
4 heads fresh dill
4 small garlic cloves

Trim a thin piece at the ends of each and every cucumber.
In the meantime, mix salt, water and vinegar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Now, remove hot jars carefully from canner. Subsequently, put 1 head fresh dill together with 1 garlic clove into each jar, then pack in cucumbers. Slowly pour the hot boiling vinegar mixture over the cucumbers until it reaches within 1 cm of rim. Process for 10 minutes. 

Dill Side Effects

Dill is safe if taken as a food. It is also harmless for the majority when consumed orally in medicinal amounts.
If put on the skin, dill may occasionally cause skin irritation. Dill juice may also make the skin to be sensitive to sunlight. This could put you at higher chance for sunburns. Keep away from sunshine.

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