Dill oil was once considered a magic potion, but is an essential oil that works wonders for all ages. The oil is used for babies who suffer colic to mothers who want to increase their milk production.
Originally the Romans applied the dill oil topically before charging into battle, as they believed it could reduce nervousness and stress. Protecting against witchcraft was also believed, as well as being used as an ingredient for love potions.
Dill oil is known today for its versatility ranging from antioxidants and antifungal to antibacterial. It is usually used for digestive support, mostly for indigestion or constipation.
The dill plant has two variants, anethum graveolens, which is cultivated in England, Germany, Romania, Turkey, USA and Russia. Anethum dill is cultivated in many parts of India as a cold weather crop. The two types of dill oil are dill seed oil and dill weed oil. Dill seed oil is obtained from the mature seeds through steam distillation, and the dill weed oil through steam distillation of fresh herb. They also differ in odor and color. Dill seed oil is known for its caraway-like aroma and dill weed oil emits a strong, fresh and spicy aromatic odor.
Dill oil is known for its healing properties, such as:
- Antimicrobial – contains a high concentration of carvone.
- Antispasmodic – relaxing and calming effect that can help pacify spasmodic attacks.
- Sedative – a sedating effect that may aid in inducing drowsiness.
- Milk production – produces milk production for nursing mothers.
- Healing wounds – mixed in lotions or creams to help heal wounds.
- Vapor therapy – therapy for calming the nerves and relieving tension.
Some benefits of dill oil are in helping to promote restful sleep, reducing inflammation in the mouth and throat, helping to alleviate the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children by mixing with chamomile tea, used as a protection from head lice by rubbing it on the scalp and as a diuretic, and helps to treat urinary tract infection by regulating urine excretion without difficulty.
In order to achieve the therapeutic effect of dill oil, mix three drops of dill oil, two drops of lavender oil and two drops of lemon balm oil in an aromatherapy lamp. The relaxing effect creates a soothing feeling that assists in relieving panic, anxiety and stress. The minty, sweet and spicy aroma promotes sleep and helps relieve cramps. Use dill oil in the shower to get that refreshing and soothing feeling by adding three drops of the oil in your bathwater.
Dill oil is safe as a food additive, but skin rash may occur in people who are sensitive to it. Use a skin patch test prior to using if your skin is sensitive. A common side effect of dill oil is skin irritation, especially for those who are allergic to plants that belong to the carrot family.
–Dr Fredda Branyon