The Medicinal Qualities of Dill

Who would have thought this tangy herb would have so many health benefits! Dill also has quite the history. Dill was used by Hippocrates, known as the father of medicine, for cleaning the mouth. Charlemagne made it available on his banquet tables, so his guests who indulged too much could benefit from its carminative properties (in the event you don’t know, a carminative is a drug that relieves flatulence).

Benefits of Dill Include:

  • Promotes Digestion – its oils also stimulate peristaltic motion of the intestine, easing the passage of bowel movements and relieving constipation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The essential oils of dill are anti-congestive and antihistaminic in nature. They help clear congestion in the respiratory system due to histamines, allergies, or coughs.

With picnic season right around the corner, see a healthy potato salad recipe using dill from Fork’s Over Knives in our recipe section!