Dill – Medicinal Health Benefits
Even during the ancient times, dill has been used not just for spices, but also as a medicinal weapon. There are also other beliefs that dill can also be used as a protection against enchantments and witchcraft. Scientifically called as Anethum Graveolens, this weed comes from the same family as that of bay leaf, cumin and parsley. It’s interesting to know that this tiny little weed can bring several health benefits that are proven to improve if not completely heal certain medical conditions.
Studies show that dill contains anti microbial properties that can be very beneficial in fighting internal and external infections. People from ancient times are believed to burn dill seeds and apply it to wounds.
Several digestion problems can be reduced and cured by the help of dill such as flatulence or internal gas, loss of appetite, upset stomach and diarrhea after eating. it also helps in certain liver problems, gallbladder issues, bad breath and can be used in acid reflux remedies. The dietary fiber found in dill greatly helps in achieving better and healthier digestion, as well.
Helps in Regulating Menstrual Cycle
Dill seems to be an answer to most women’s monthly predicament. The flavonoids found in this weed help in stimulating secretion of certain hormones, eventually resulting into a better menstrual cycle.
Although there is really no specific reason as to why hiccups occur, it’s comforting to know that dill can be a cure to it. Dill greatly contributes in reducing gas formation, therefore calming down the hiccups. You can either drink a few ounces or drops of pickle juice made from dill, or boil some fresh dill mixed with water – strain the water and then drink the boiled liquid.
Dill has essential oils that are said to produce calming effects to the body. Best used during massage or relaxation, you can also use it along with chamomile for a better result.