15 Incredible Dill Benefits

The health benefits of dill include its ability to boost digestion, as well as provide relief from insomnia, hiccups, diarrhea, dysentery, menstrual disorders, respiratory disorders, and various types of cancers. It is also good for oral care, and can be a powerful boost for your immune system and can protect you from bone degradation. It is also an anti-inflammatory substance, which means that it can protect you against arthritis. Furthermore, it can reduce excess gas, and is considered a carminative.

What is Dill?

Dill, scientifically known as Anethum graveolens, has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Both the seeds and the leaves can be used. Apart from giving a strong, tangy, appetizing flavor and taste, it has many medicinal properties, which mainly come from certain compounds called Monoterpenes, as well as flavonoids, minerals and certain amino acids.

Dill can be a perennial or annual herb, depending on where it is cultivated in the world. This herb is used in almost every continent to different extents. It can be used dry as a topping for a number of meals, but it is also used as an ingredient in many meals. For those herbalists that want to grow their own dill, it is important to cultivate this herb in warm to hot summers, with plenty of sunshine.

Dill Nutrition Facts

The health benefits of dill are derived from its organic compounds, vitamins, and minerals. These include powerful monoterpenes like limonene, carvone, and anethofuran, as well as flavonoids like vicenin and kaempferol. As for vitamins and minerals, it has a significant amount of vitamin A and C, as well as trace amounts of folate, iron, and manganese.

Let’s explore these potential health benefits of dill in greater detail below.

Health Benefits of Dill

Health benefits of dill include the following:

Promotes Digestion

Dill itself is an appetizer, and therefore extensively used in culinary applications. The essential oils present in it are stimulating and they activate the secretion of bile and digestive juices. These oils also stimulate peristaltic motion of the intestine, easing the passage of bowel movements and relieving constipation.

Prevents Insomnia

The essential oils found in herbs have peculiar and powerful properties. They are simultaneously stimulating, sedative, and hypnotic, that is, they stimulate as well as pacify. The essential oils in dill are no exception. The flavonoids and vitamin-B complex present in its essential oils, activate the secretion of certain enzymes and hormones which have calming and hypnotic effects, thereby helping people get a good night’s sleep.

DillMaintains Bone Health

The calcium content of dill means that it is an important element in protecting you from bone loss and the loss of bone mineral density. Osteoporosis affects millions of people each year, and calcium, along with other essential minerals, are a key component in the proper growth and development of bones, and the repair of injured bones as well.

Manages Diabetes

Dill has long been associated with diabetes and the management of insulin levels. Despite the fact that research is somewhat limited in this area, particularly on human subjects, studies have indicated that they can help reduce the fluctuations of serum lipids and insulin levels in corticosteroid-induced diabetes.

Prevents Excess Gas

As a well-known carminative, dill can help prevent the embarrassing condition of excessive gas. It is not only an uncomfortable condition to experience in public, but if gas continues to build up, it can actually be a dangerous situation where it presses on the delicate organs of the chest cavity. A carminative forces gas downward through the digestive tract and allow it to leave the body in a safe way.

Boosts Immunity

Dill has long been associated with antimicrobial activity. It has been shown to prevent a number of microbial infections throughout the body, those in various organs and those potential infections that land in wounds or small cuts on the skin.

Calms Hiccups

Hiccups occur for various reasons, but primarily, they occur due to trapped gas and repeated upward movement of gases through the food pipe. The second cause is due to certain allergies, hypersensitivity, hyperactivity, and nervous malfunctioning. Dill can actually help in all of these situations. As a carminative, it helps the expulsion of gases and also reduces gas formation; while as a sedative, dill helps to calm down hiccups due to allergies, hyperactivity, or nervous disorders.

Cures Diarrhea

Diarrhea is mainly caused by two things, indigestion, and microbial action. In terms of indigestion, dill can be quite helpful, as it has very good digestive properties. Secondly, dill can help due to the monoterpenes and flavonoids present in its essential oils, which are germicidal or bactericidal in nature. They can help cure diarrhea by inhibiting microbial infections that try to attack the body.

Treats Dysentery

Dysentery is primarily caused due to fungal infections. For this condition as well, dill can help, since its essential oils are disinfectant in nature and help to inhibit fungal infections effectively.

Relieves Arthritis Pain

Dill has long been known as an anti-inflammatory herb, meaning that it helps to reduce the inflammation and the associated pain of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and arthritis. Dill has been used since ancient times for precisely this reason.

Stimulates Menstruation

The flavonoids in the essential oil of dill are stimulating and emmenagogic in nature, which means that they stimulate the secretion of certain hormones that help maintain proper menstrual cycles in women.

dillinfographicTreats Respiratory Disorders

Kaempferol and certain other components of flavonoids and monoterpenes in the essential oils of dill are anti-congestive and antihistaminic in nature and help clear congestion in the respiratory system due to histamine, allergies or coughs.

Oral Care

Dill seeds and leaves are good mouth and breath fresheners. Apart from that, the essential oils in it are germicidal, antioxidant, and disinfectant in nature. Due to these properties, they help end microbial infections in the mouth and their antioxidants minimize the damage caused to gums and teeth by free radicals.

Prevents Cancer

Let’s turn our attention to these monoterpenes we’ve been talking about. Monoterpenes are chemopreventive, and since they are stimulating by nature, they activate the secretion of an enzyme called glutathione-S-transferase (the radical glutathione is an effective antioxidant) which is very effective in neutralizing carcinogens. It is particularly effective at neutralizing Cyano- and Benzo- derivatives and free radicals, thereby protecting the body from cancer. The other antioxidants in the essential oils of dill also contribute to this cancer protection that people enjoy from adding dill to their diet.

Other Benefits

Dill is a relaxant, increases strength, and increases urination to help in the removal of toxins, excess salts, and water from the body. Furthermore, it is a carminative (helps remove excess gas), antispasmodic (prevents cramps), and an antiflatulent substance. It stimulates lactation (galactagogue) and endocrinal secretions, enhances the libido due to the presence of arginine and last but not the least, it ensures bone and dental health since it is a good source of calcium.

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You can make tea with it. It is really good for babies from newborn stages, boil and sweeten lightly with sugar or honey. It helps with cranky babies and comforts them. It can be fed as a meal or at nights only depending on how bad your child is. It also good for adults.

Dill makes everything taste better 😉

Does any one if I could possibly make tea with this? Please let me know thanks

You can make tea with it. It is really good for babies from newborn stages, boil and sweeten lightly with sugar or honey. It helps with cranky babies and comforts them. It can be fed as a meal or at nights only depending on how bad your child is. Also good for adults.

Mix dill leaves with cooked toor dal, and tempered with green chillies and cumin. Great combo with rice!

Spread to arrive in Europe, central Asia and Middle East, dill herb used Frequently in Poland for many Types Of dishes and soups, but the best in this country is the soups of dill Served with hard boiled eggs and potatoes “So delicious”.

Hi! I love dill and have loads of it at home and in my garden. How can I eat it for the medicinal purposes? How can I keep it? I know I can dry it or freeze it. Can I make a chutney or sauce with it and keep it in the fridge like that? I have so much of it and it's so good! I live with my parents and they asked me not to put anymore in the fridge lol. So... any ideas? Thanks, Rachel.

Chopped dill and lemon zest added to a potato salad is the bomb!

Chopped dill and lemon zest added to a potato salad is the bomb!

2 Cucumbers diced with 1-2 tsp of vinegar, chopped fresh DILL, 2 tsp chopped red onions, some ground black pepper and salt to taste = GREAT CUCUMBER SALAD!

Mmm, that looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

Interesting to know! Your body will crave certain things to heal itself!

Jack daniels works for me

Shannon Mullen Gielty

I just used a half bunch of dill in my Smoothie

Roland Roy Diel

this is blessing from above and i hope it will help to solve my problem to increase my urinal and hiccup thanks for this sharing..

Joanna Pollner Stamper

Love Love Love Dill.

Cynthia Fowler

growing up on the Island, dill seed tea was given to babies for gripe or gas pains. Today the entire dill plant is used for culinary purposes in addition to having many nutritional benefits.

Vera Jane Chase

Dill Seed grew everywhere in the Bahamas many years ago. Thanks Cindy.

Where do you see it grow?

Mizpah Bartlett

Good stuff Cynthia!

Mohan Pasupathy

very useful

Very useful information... very beneficial herb!

Very interesting thanks pollen ranch for the great information share!