Dill: A Herb With a History of Healing

Did you know that a sprig of delightfully delicious dill adds a unique flavor to your food? Plus, it has many health benefits.

Dill’s name comes from the Norwegian word ‘dilla,’ meaning to soothe. Dill has been valued for its many health benefits as early as 1500 B.C. In ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts, it was documented as a remedy to soothe flatulence, relieve pain and act as a laxative and a diuretic.

Dill tastes delicious but it also has nutritional and medicinal benefits.

Dill tastes delicious and is also nutritious!

6 Health Benefits of Dill

1. Helps Protect Against Cancer
Dill’s volatile oils help neutralize benzopyrenes, a carcinogen, found in cigarette smoke, coal tar, charcoal grill smoke and trash incinerator smoke.

2. Helps with Digestion
Since very early times, dill was used to cure hiccups, stomachaches and bad breath. It has antispasmodic properties that relieve stomach pain and cramping. Ayurvedic medicine has used the dill seed for stomach problems for centuries.

3. Helps Prevent Bone Loss
Being a good source of calcium, it helps in reducing the bone loss that occurs after menopause. One tablespoon of dill seed contains 3 grams of calcium.

4. Reduces Bloating, Gas, Diarrhea and Constipation from Bacteria Overgrowth
Dill can help prevent bacterial overgrowth which is the cause of the above symptoms. The volatile oil of dill has been studied for its ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth.

Pickles and Potato Salad are two favorite foods with dill.

Pickles and Potato Salad are two of my favorite foods with dill.

5. Eugenol Oil in Dill Is Good as a Local Anesthetic
Eugenol oil has been used therapeutically by dentists as local analgesic agent as it lessens tooth pain.

6. Eugenol oil also has been found to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics (more research is required).

Also we call it a Powerfood!

Dill Nutrition

Dill is a good source of dietary Fiber, Niacin, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

It is low in calories: half a cup of dill has only 2 calories!

For more details go to: Nutrition Data


 Dill Trivia

  • Dill was believed to protect against curses and witchcraft during European medieval times.
  • It was thought to make one drowsy and was given to crying babies, which is why its original name, dilla also means “to lull.”
  • The Dill pickle is at least 400 years old.
  • Dill has been used to make green dye.
  • Dill was used by Hippocrates for cleaning the mouth.
  • Ancient soldiers applied burnt dill seeds to their wounds to help healing.

Dill History

  • 5,000 years ago, in Egypt, the first record of dill as a medicinal herb was found
  • Around 3,000 B.C. Babylonians grew dill in their gardens.
  • It is native to southern Russia, western Africa and the Mediterranean.
  • In the seventeenth century, it was found in many English kitchen gardens.
  • It is thought to have arrived in America with early settlers.

“Give your food a Thrill by adding some Dill!”- Roylin J. Picou, Poet

Quick Easy Yummy Pickles

Quick Easy Yummy Pickles

Yummy Recipes with Dill
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Creamy Potato Salad – Vegan Even if you are not vegan, you will love this recipe.
Yogurt Salad Dressing I love adding lots of dill weed to this salad dressing

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Tripti Joshi
Tripti Joshi6 months ago


Sonia M
Sonia M1 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Teresa GarcĂ­a
Teresa GarcĂ­a2 years ago

Wow!. Amazing Dill!!. Thanks for sharing! :)

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Angela K.
Angela K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 years ago

I love dill and use it in a lot of foods.

Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago


Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.