Dill has been used since ancient times. Today, it is used in salads, to make pickles, in soups, and other dishes. It’s a great way to add extra flavor to a dish without drastically increasing the calorie or fat content of a meal. Even though most people only use dill as a flavor enhancer in their dishes, there are actually many other reasons why dill should be eaten.
1. Anti-Bacterial Properties
Because dill has anti-bacterial properties, it can be used to fight off infections internally and externally. Ancient cultures applied burnt dill seeds to wounds in order to prevent infections.
2. Digestive Benefits
Dill itself is an appetizer and therefore extensively used in culinary applications. The essential oils present in dill are stimulating and they activate the secretion of bile and digestive juices. These oils also stimulate peristaltic motion of the intestine, easing the passage of bowel movements and relieving constipation.
The essential oils found in herbs have peculiar and powerful properties. They are simultaneously stimulating, sedative, and hypnotic, that is, they stimulate as well as pacify. The essential oils in dill are no exception. The flavonoids and vitamin-B complex present in its essential oils, since they are stimulating in nature, activate the secretion of certain enzymes and hormones which have calming and hypnotic effects.
Dill has long been associated with diabetes and the management of insulin levels. Despite the fact that research is somewhat limited in this area, particularly on human subjects, studies have indicated that they can help reduce the fluctuations of serum lipids and insulin levels in corticosteroid-induced diabetes.
Dill has long been known as an anti-inflammatory herb, meaning that it helps to reduce the inflammation and the associated pain of diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and arthritis. Dill has been used since ancient times for precisely this reason.