Dill Weed With Health Benefits
Even 5,000 years ago the Egyptians knew to use dill as a medicine and it is especially effective for the hiccups. It is a plant of good omen. Dill comes from southern Europe and Russia. Even though it is now cultivated it can be found growing wild in Britain, northern Europe, North America and Australia.
Dill is a hardy annual. The dill heads with their seeds are used for pickling. Dill seeds have a strong taste and aroma which is slightly similar to caraway seeds. The seeds can be used to add flavor to root vegetables, cakes and sweets. The leaves may be finely chopped and added to soups and other dishes. In Scandinavian cuisine the Fresh dill leaves are added to fish, sour-cream sauces, potato salad and other vegetables in Scandinavian cooking.
Dill is rich in minerals, potassium, sulfur and sodium. Oil from the leaves and seeds contains a gentle sedative. It is used as a digestive and it relieves flatulence. It has been mother’s helper for centuries as dill water helps to calm colicky babies. To prepare dill water one steeps a teaspoonful of bruised seeds in a glass of hot water for several hours then afterwards it is strained and sweetened with honey. Dill liquid helps to stimulate appetite and encourage milk production in nursing mothers. Proportionally – 1 tablespoon for adults, 1 teaspoon for children. The seeds themselves can be chewed as a digestive.