Dill was used in many ancient cultures around the world including India, Greece, and Egypt. It has been used in traditional ceremonies, culinary preparations, and also as a medicine to cure jaundice, headache, boils, lack of appetite, stomach problems, nausea, and liver problems. This versatile herb which belongs to the celery family is a strong antioxidant and can offer several health benefits. Here are the health benefits of dill:
1. Improves Digestion
Dill is known to be an appetizer which is why you can find it being used in many cuisines around the world. The essential oils present in dill have a stimulating effect on the digestive system. It aids in the peristaltic motion (passage of food) of the intestine, making the passage of bowel movements easier. This is why dill is also a natural remedy for constipation.
2. Reduces Menstrual Cramps
Dill has been used as a medicinal herb to regulate menstrual cycles in women. Essential oils in dill contain flavonoids which are believed to stimulate the secretion of hormones which play a role in regulating menstrual cycles. A study in 2006 done on female rats found that dill can be used as a regulatory agent for the menstrual cycle for women with irregular cycles.1
3. Protects Against Free Radicals
Free radicals may be formed in the body through natural human physiological processes as well as from the environment. Dill helps antioxidant molecules attach to oxidized molecules that would otherwise do damage in the body. Scientists have attributed the ‘free radical-scavenging’ quality of dill to flavonoids present in the herb and it’s seeds.2
4. Helps Fight Infections
Since ancient times, dill has been used as a disinfectant. Is as been used as a medicinal herb for at least 5,000 years. The ancient Egyptians used dill as a soothing medicine. Research has shown that the essential oil of dill has been shown to be effective against several bacteria and fungal strains.3 The antioxidant properties of dill combined with it’s ability to fight bacteria and fungus make it a potent natural medicine.
5. Cures Diarrhoea
The flavonoids and monoterpenes present in the essential oil of dill contain active antibacterial agents. This is the reason dill can been used to cure diarrhea caused by bacterial infections. It not only helps get rid of the infection, but also aids in restoring your digestive tract function and strengthens your immune system.
6. Decreases Cholesterol
If you want to get your cholesterol under control, you may want to include more dill in your diet. Dill has been shown to reduce both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. In fact, clinical trials have proved that dill might be beneficial for patients suffering from increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In the trial, their efficacy was found to be more than Gemfibrozil, a drug used to decrease lipid levels.4
7. Fights Type 2 Diabetes
Essential oils in dill contain a chemical compound called Eugenol which has been therapeutically used as a local anesthetic and antiseptic. This was the reason why crushed dill was applied to wounds during ancient times. Studies on rats have confirmed that eugenol can influence key enzymes responsible for glucose metabolism.5 Dill also helps in lowering blood sugar levels and insulin resistance helping people with Type 2 diabetes.6
8. Reduces Bad Breath
The carmative (flatulence-reducing) properties of dill also help in controlling bad breath. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is one of the causes of bad breath. This condition is caused by acid coming back up the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest or throat. Dill helps stimulate the digestive tract and fights microbial infections to help you combat bad breath.
9. Controls Insomnia
Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Try chewing on a few dill seeds. The presence of flavonoids and B-complex vitamins in dill leaves make it a great natural remedy for insomnia and sleep disorders. Here’s how you can use dill as a home remedy for insomnia. Boil either 1 tablespoon of dill seeds or spoonful of freshly chopped dill leaves. Leave it for a day in a thermos, then filter the extract and drink 1 glass of it every night before you go to bed.
There has been a lot of scientific research on the benefits of dill because of it’s use in many household remedies and natural cures since ancient times. Dill has proved to be effective in healing many health conditions. The great thing about dill is that it’s easy to use in your daily diet. So makes sure you sprinkle some dill the next time you make a salad to reap all the benefits of this wonder herb.
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|2.||↑||Setorki, Mahbubeh, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei, Alireza Merikhi, Esfandiar Heidarian, Najmeh Shahinfard, Roya Ansari, Hamid Nasri, Nafiseh Esmael, and Azar Baradaran. “Suppressive impact of anethum graveolens consumption on biochemical risk factors of atherosclerosis in hypercholesterolemic rabbits.” International journal of preventive medicine 4, no. 8 (2013).|
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|4.||↑||Mirhosseini, Mahmoud, Azar Baradaran, and Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei. “Anethum graveolens and hyperlipidemia: A randomized clinical trial.” Journal of research in medical sciences: the official journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences 19, no. 8 (2014): 758.|
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|6.||↑||Panda, Sunanda. “The effect of Anethum graveolens L.(dill) on corticosteroid induced diabetes mellitus: involvement of thyroid hormones.” Phytotherapy research 22, no. 12 (2008): 1695-1697.|