Despite its modern-day relegation to the world of all things pickled, Dill has much more to offer outside of its current use in the culinary world. Dill Essential Oil can certainly be a tricky one to work with, as it can oftentimes take over a blend or can leave you smelling like you got caught with your hand in the pickle jar! Nonetheless, it hosts a world of therapeutic benefits and when diffused with other fresh bright scents it can leave you with feelings of revitalization and balance.
The common name Dill actually originates from old Norse and means to calm or soothe. First documentations of medicinal use reach far into the Mediterranean and Western Africa. This aromatic herb has been used for at least 5,000 years, first by the ancient Egyptians as a calmative and pain reliever and also as an aphrodisiac as well as a harbinger/deterrent of evil spirits or presences.
Dill was also worn as an adornment by Roman athletes and heroes as a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Soldiers would apply a poultice made from dill seeds to their bodies and particularly to their wounds to speed up healing and recovery. This often overlooked and underutilized herb has quite the history, and seems to have played a major role in medicinal practices all over the world.
Dill Essential Oil has so many wonderful indications that aid in the health of mind, body, and soul. You’d be hard-pressed to find an arena this oil doesn’t dominate! It has a warm, spicy aroma that is herbaceous and uplifting. Its smell tends to relieve feelings of anxiety and sadness and is a great mood enhancer.
Dill Essential Oil is a wonderful disinfectant as well as a great facilitator of digestion and overall gastrointestinal health, hence its use in the preservation and flavoring of various foods. You can use our Dill Essential Oil in similar ways by adding 2-3 drops when canning vegetables or by adding 1 drop to a shot of apple cider vinegar when the stomach is upset or having digestive issues.
We have had great success adding one drop of Dill Essential Oil to a herbal to after an especially large or heavy meal to grease the wheels in the belly and purify the inner workings of the body.
Using a dilution of Dill Essential Oil along with a carrier oil on cuts and sores can help kill harmful bacteria and reduce the formation of scar tissue. It can even be used as an aid in lactation when applied to the breasts before breastfeeding.
Another way to incorporate Dill Essential Oil into your daily routine is to use diffuse it as an anxiety and stress reducer and as a tummy tamer.
Check out these simple recipes that can help you reap the full benefits of this oily ally.
DISCLAIMER: Dill Essential Oil may cause allergic reactions in people that are allergic to plants in the carrot family. It has a tendency to lower blood sugar, so those folks with diabetes or hypoglycemia should monitor their reaction to this oil.
Check out this diffuser recipe to relieve feelings of stress, emotional distraction, and unrest. This blend is sure to fill your hearth and home with lively, renewing scents and create an atmosphere of bright yumminess.
PMS Relief Massage Oil
Relieve those monthly aches with this natural massage blend.
- 1 1/2 oz. Argan Oil
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 4 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 4 drops Dill Essential Oil
- 8 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
Mix all oils together, then add the blend to the Argan base. Shake well and apply to the lower abdomen and lower back regions.