How is dill used in "folk" medical remedies?

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ophelious eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, let me say this: I am not a medical professional or a "new age healer" of any kind.  I don't know whether "herbal" remedies work or not, and I always think you should talk with your doctor before you begin taking one for treatment.  That said, I will get on with answering your question : )

Here are some of the alleged benefits of dill:

  1. Dill is used by people who are cutting sodium from their diet because of its high "mineral salt" content,
  2. The seeds are used to create "dill water" which is supposed to be good for indigestion, flatulence, cramps, insomnia, colds and flu,
  3. The seeds can be made into a tea that is supposed to help nursing mothers,
  4. The seeds are supposed to sweeten your breath after a meal,
  5. The seeds are supposed to act as a diuretic (don't ask me how that is consistent with curing indigestion)
  6. It is allegedly an appetite stimulant

Most of these concoctions rely on either the dill seeds or an oil that is extracted from dill (such is the case with the tea.)  Do they work or not?  I don't know.  Maybe you can tell me?

giorgiana1976 | Student

Very recent archaeological discoveries, made near a lake in Switzerland, have shown, however, that this plant was known and used in Europe with at least 7000 years, before being cultivated at a distance of hundred kilometers from the Mediterranean shore, where it grows spontaneously . Interestingly is that this vegetable has "migrated" very early in southern Europe to far off Asia. Dill has been widely used in Tibetan medicine (Unani), and the Indian (Ayurveda), where it was administered as a digestive tonic, anti-infective and inflammatory. In antiquity, Romans valued dill especially , which was a first aid remedy against digestive disorders and headaches, that were appearring after partying, too rich.

Hypoacid, indigestion -there are consumed moderate amounts (1 teaspoon) of chopped green dill, before a meal during meal. In medium and small doses, dill is an excellent stimulant of secretion of gastric juices and bile, helping the digestive process. It is interesting that, in high doses, dill has the opposite effect, inhibiting the secretion of gastric juices and are very useful in treating hyper-acid gastritis.

Bloating, colitis fermentation - volatile substances contained by dill, prevents excess development of gut bacteria, preventing gas formation and the appearance of abdominal colic.

Digestive Candidiasis  - half liter from the preparation of Bifidus yogurt dill  is consumed daily, as  in hyper-acid gastritis. It is a cure for 30 days with this preparation which, although it seems very simple, has been very complex. Dill leaves contain aromatic substances with a strong antifungal effect, while Bifidus yogurt restores normal digestive flora, resulting in inhibition of aggressive development of Candida.

Dill helps in cystitis and nephritis - consumption of 50 ml of fresh dill juice,2-3 times daily, in courses of two weeks, has a very good antibacterial and antifungal effect on urinary system. According to recent studies, dill leaf juice is also a powerful diuretic and stimulant of kidney activity, helping to prevent and combat kidney calculus.

Postmenopause - dill leaves contain small amounts of estrogen, the female hormone that slows the aging process very much, softens skin, makes hair grow more slowly, helps maintain firmness of the vaginal mucous tissues and prevents drying.

Headache - in the traditional medicine of northern European peoples, dill is renowned for its balancing effects on the nervous system. Chewing a few green stalks of dill effectively address headaches (including those accompanied by dizziness and vomiting), regaining acuity and clarity of feelings.

Of course, the dill with all it's components (leaves, seeds, stalks) is a very effective in fighting against all kind of human disorders, having the advantage of being natural.