(anethum graveolens)

Dill is a plant native to the mediterranean and black sea regions. It is now cultivated all over the world and its name comes from the Saxon word meaning “to lull”. It has a calming effect on the digestive system and provides the active ingredient in gripe water. It is the seeds that are mainly used in herbal remedies.

What it does

The herb contains a variety of compounds including coumarins, volatile oil, flavanoids and zanthone derivatives. The oils is 30 – 60% carvone. The herb is carminative (wind relieving), anti-spasmodic and a stomach tonic.

Potential Uses

Colic Flatulence Halitosis
Indigestion Improve the flow of breast milk

Other information

Dill seeds can be infused to make a cup of tea. Gripe water is available for babies suffering from colic. the herb is often added to fish dishes and salads to add flavour aid digestion.


Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using dill.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with dill.


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