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Family: Umbelliferae

---Synonyms---Dill, dilly, garden dill, dill seed, dill fruit

Parts Used: Seeds


Active Compounds:

Volatile oil, consisting mainly of carvone with dihydrocarvone, limonene, a- and b-phellandrene, eugenol, anethole, myristicin, carveole, x-pinene.

Flavonoids: kaempferol and its blucuronide, vicenin.

Coumarins such as scopoletin, esculetin, bergapten, umbelliferone.

Xanthone derivatives such as dillanoside.

Miscellaneous; triterpenes, phenolic acids, protein, fixed oil.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---Carminative, aromatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, galactogogue, calmative, diuretic, stomachic

Dill is an excellent remedy for flatulence and the colic that is sometimes associated with it. It is the herb of choice for colic of children. Chewing the seeds will help clear bad breath.

Dill tea, made with water or white wine, is a popular remedy for upset stomach. Dill also helps stimulate appetite, and a decoction of the seed may be helpful for insomnia as well as for pains due to flatulence. Nursing mothers can use dill to promote the flow of milk, particularly in combination with anise, coriander, fennel, and caraway.