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Dill (Anethum graveolens)

Dill is an annual herb which belongs to in the celery family Apiaceae. It is the sole species of the genus Anethum. It was popular in the ancient Greek and Roman cultures, where it was considered a sign of wealth and was revered for its many healing properties.Its name comes from the old Norse word dilla which means “to lull”. This name reflects dill’s traditional uses as both a carminative stomach soother and an insomnia reliever. In Greece, dill is known as ‘άνηθος’ (anithos). Dill has been used for its culinary and medicinal properties for millennia. It was mentioned both in the Bible and in ancient Egyptian writings.

Dill was used by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, in a recipe for cleaning the mouth. Ancient soldiers would apply burnt dill seeds to their wounds to promote healing.

Dill is used extensively in Greek cuisine. It can be added in grilled or cooked fish, salads, soups, pickles and of course in the famous Greek cream salad tzatziki.

Health Benefits of Dill

Learn AboutDillBenefits Health Benefits   Dill's unique health benefits come from two types of healing components: monoterpenes, including carvone, limonene, and anethofuran and flavonoids , including kaempferol and vicenin. The monoterpene components of dill have been shown to activate the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps attach the anti-oxidant molecule glutathione to oxidized molecules that would otherwise [...]

Mythology – Dill

Learn AboutDillMythology In ancient Greece, dill was used as an add-in in wines, which they were called "anithitesoinos" (wine with anithos-dill). Moreover, fragrance was made from its leaves. Also, the winners in athletic competitions were given a dill wreath, while it was common for the athletes to spread essence of dill all over their body, [...]

Side Effects of Dill

Learn AboutDillSide Effects Dill is likely safe when consumed as a food. Dill is possibly safe for most people when taken by mouth as a medicine. When applied to the skin, dill can sometimes cause skin irritation. Fresh dill juice can also cause the skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. This might put [...]

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