Dill is an ancient herb that contains medicinal compounds including flavoniods and monoterpenes. These compounds make dill a great antioxidant and chemprotective herb that is highly beneficial for viral, bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections, parasites, pain relief, sleep disorders, cancer prevention, and respiratory disorders. Dill is also regularly used as a digestive aid and can help reduce bad breath, acid reflux, flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea. Dill has also been known to be a remedy for treating insomnia, headaches, and hiccups. Dill is a great source of calcium, magnesium, and iron which makes it good for the bones, blood, and organs. Dill contains an essential oil called Eugenol which has been therapeutically used as a local anesthetic and antiseptic. In ancient times, dill weed was often crushed and applied to wounds to disinfect and speed up healing time. Eugenol has also been used to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. Dill seeds are also very beneficial and have sedative, anti-spasmodic, and digestive properties. Chewing on a few seeds can freshen the breath and ease digestion after a heavy meal. Dill water/tea can be made by placing fresh dill into boiling water, steep for at least 5 minutes, strain, and sip throughout the day. Dill is a very healing and aromatic herb that can brighten up a variety of foods including salads, guacamole, potatoes, and soup. Regularly including it in your diet will benefit both your mind and body.
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