Plants and Health

Dill: benefits and virtues

Dill or anethum graveolens takes its name from the Greek dill, "Which grows fast".

It is an annual plant, 1 meter tall, native to southern Europe and western Asia.

Dill belongs to the Apiaceae (or Umbellifera) family. Lightweight, this plant easily finds its place in flower beds.

  • Vegetable garden: sowing, cultivating and harvesting dill
  • Cooking: recipes with dill

Dill: for the record

Since the most high antiquity, dill was used as a condiment and as a remedy.

Erbers' medical papyrus (around 1500 BC) mentions its medicinal properties.

In his Bucolic, Virgil describes a naiad picking up bunches of dill.

Today, dill is practically only used as a seasoning, especially in the Scandinavian countries and in Germany but also in France where it perfumes the fish in all its forms and in particular in tartare.

Dill and its health benefits

  • Dill just happens to be a excellent carminative (it helps to expel intestinal gas). We understand why this aromatic plant was so precious when the diet included a lot of legumes (peas, beans, beans, lentils)!
  • Dill has a reputation to increase the milk of nurses but also of stimulate the digestive system.
  • Dill is also given diuretic properties.
  • Finally, dill is recognized as a remarkable antispasmodic. It is recommended against hiccups and vomiting in children and adults.

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Internal use

Dill infusion: a teaspoon of seeds (4 to 8 g of seeds) per cup of boiling water 2 or 3 times a day:

- to facilitate digestion

- effective against spastic cough or hiccups

Dill essential oil: it should be used in very small doses (it can be toxic), only on medical prescription. Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

Growing dill

To grow properly, dill needs Sun and of heat, but above all no wind! Dill will thrive in light, sandy, well-draining, rich soil.


Avoid growing dill before or after carrots. Instead, alternate with potatoes and cabbage.

Dill in a jar?

It is possible to grow dill in a 20 to 40 cm pot, but you should know that it will be less vigorous than in the garden. Regular watering is necessary, even an addition of organic fertilizer.

  • Vegetable garden: sowing, cultivating and harvesting dill

If you want multiply your dill, it is necessary to sow in place in April-May. Leave a plant every 20 to 30 cm, you will see the seeds rise after two weeks. And you will be warned: dill reseeds spontaneously! You will then harvest your dill from May to September.

Beware of little animals!

The slugs are dill's worst enemies.

Dill in the kitchen

You can use the fresh leaves with marinated or smoked fish but also to consume them with meats (especially mutton), to insert them in white cheese, salads or sauces.

Good to know: dill leaves can be dried or frozen but will give off less fragrance.

Gourmet idea:

The consumption of dill leaves is relatively common. We are less used to consuming dill seeds. And yet, dry, they wonderfully raise the pickles and the vinegar.

  1. Cooking: recipes with dill

Nutritional intake

Dill leaf is rich in vitamin C.

Video: Dill Tea Health Benefits (November 2021).