Dill essential oil is steam distilled from the Umbelliferae plant. It has antispasmodic, antibacterial, expectorant, and stimulant properties.
The dill plant is mentioned in the Egyptian Papyrus of Ebers as far back as 1550 B.C. Roman gladiators rubbed dill onto their skin before going to battle.
Dill is used primarily to help balance cholesterol and to aid digestion. It may be helpful for treating colic, constipation, dyspepsia, headaches, indigestion, liver deficiencies, and nervousness. It can help clear toxins and aid lactation in nursing mothers.
When diffused, dill calms the nervous system. When combined with Roman chamomile, it helps hyperactive children become less fidgety. Dill can also be applied directly to pulse points or to specific areas of concern. A couple of drops on the wrists can help combat sugar addiction and decrease cravings for sweets.
Considered safe for consumption by the FDA, dill is a delicious addition to many dishes. It can be used in much the same way as bay leaves. Dill essential oil adds flavor to soups and stews, and can be added to water for seasoning boiled potatoes. Dill is also a great addition to bread recipes, vegetable dishes, salad dressings, and dips.
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