Dill is Full of Healing and Taste Extraordinaire

A sprig of delicious dill adds a unique flavor to your food making it extra tasty.  Also, it is full of health benefits making it one of the herbal superfoods.

Dill’s name comes from the Norwegian word ‘dilla,’ meaning to soothe. It has been valued for its many health benefits as early as 1500 B.C. In ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts, it was documented as a remedy to soothe flatulence, relieve pain and act as a laxative and a diuretic.

It tastes delicious and is also nutritious!

6 Health Benefits of Dill

1. Helps Protect Against Cancer

Dill’s volatile oils help neutralize benzopyrenes, a carcinogen, found in cigarette smoke, coal tar, charcoal grill smoke and trash incinerator smoke.

2. Helps with Digestion

Since very early times, it was used to cure hiccups, stomachaches and bad breath. It has antispasmodic properties that relieve stomach pain and cramping. Ayurvedic medicine has used the dill seed for stomach problems for centuries.

3. Helps Prevent Bone Loss

Being a good source of calcium, it helps in reducing the bone loss that occurs after menopause. One tablespoon of dill seed contains 3 grams of calcium.

4. Reduces Bloating, Gas, Diarrhea, and Constipation from Bacteria Overgrowth

It can help prevent bacterial overgrowth which is the cause of the above symptoms. The volatile oil of dill has been studied for its ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth.

Pickles and Potato Salad are two favorite foods with dill.

Potato Salad is one of my favorite foods with dill.

5. Eugenol Oil in Dill Is Good as a Local Anesthetic

Eugenol oil has been used therapeutically by dentists as a local analgesic agent as it lessens tooth pain.

6. Reduces Blood Sugar Levels

Eugenol oil also has been found to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics (more research is required).

Also, we call it a Superfood!

Nutrition

It is a good source of dietary Fiber, Niacin, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese.

It is low in calories: half a cup of dill has only 2 calories! For more details go to Nutrition Data

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 Trivia

  • It was believed to protect against curses and witchcraft during European medieval times.
  • It was thought to make one drowsy and was given to crying babies, which is why its original name, dilla also means “to lull.”
  • The Dill pickle is at least 400 years old.
  • It has been used to make green dye.
  • This herb was used by Hippocrates for cleaning the mouth.
  • Ancient soldiers applied burnt dill seeds to their wounds to help healing.

History

  • 5,000 years ago, in Egypt, the first record of dill as a medicinal herb was found
  • Around 3,000 B.C. Babylonians grew dill in their gardens.
  • It is native to southern Russia, western Africa and the Mediterranean.
  • In the seventeenth century, it was found in many English kitchen gardens.
  • It is thought to have arrived in America with early settlers.

“Give your food a Thrill by adding some Dill!”Roylin J. Picou, Poet

Yummy Recipes with Dill

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Quick Healthy Pickles

 Quick Easy Pickles Yummy pickles in just over one hour.

Creamy Potato Salad – Vegan Even if you are not vegan, you will love this recipe.

  Yogurt Salad Dressing I love adding lots of dill weed to this salad dressing.

100+ Superfoods

Learn more about some of the healthiest vegetarian foods you will always want to have in your pantry or growing on your deck.

READ: Superfoods – Over 100 of the Healthiest Foods You Should Have in Your Diet and learn more about the variety of Superfoods we think you should have in your diet.

Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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