Dill essential oil is extracted from Anethum sowa – also known as Indian Dill. It is very closely related to A. graveolens, which is also known as Peucedanum graveolens and Fructus anethi and it is of the Umbelliferae (Apiaceae) family. The properties of these two types are very much alike, although the A. sowa is a more “rounded” oil in comparison.
On the mental plane, dill oil is used in aromatherapy to combat the feeling of being overwhelmed and in times of crisis, while physically, it assists with digestion, easing constipation and flatulence, as well as hiccups. It promotes the healing of wounds on the skin.
Dill oil has a grass-like smell and is pale yellow in color, with a watery viscosity.
Origin of Dill
Originally from South West Asia, Dill is an annual or biennial herb that grows up to 1 meter (3 feet). It has green feathery leaves and umbels of small yellow flowers, followed by tiny compressed seeds.
It was popular with the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, who called it “Anethon” from which the botanical name was derived. The common name comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘dylle’ or ‘dylla’, which then changed to dill. The word means ‘to lull’ – referring to its soothing properties. In the Middle Ages it was used as a charm against witchcraft.
Since 1812, when Charlemagne, Emperor of France, ordered the extensive cultivation of this herb, it has been widely used, especially as a culinary herb.
Dill oil is extracted by steam distillation, mainly from the seeds, or the whole herb, fresh or partly dried. Our oil is extracted by steam distillation from the crushed seed.
The main chemical components of dill oil are d-carvone, dillapiol, dhc, eugenol, limonene, terpinene and myristicin.
Dill oil is considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing, but should be avoided during pregnancy.
The therapeutic properties of dill oil are antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, galactagogue, sedative, stomachic and sudorific.
Gripe water is often made of the fresh herb and given to babies and children for colic, or other digestive disorders, but the dill oil should not be used for this purpose, as it is too powerful.
Dill oil helps to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed and is also helpful for digestive problems in adults, easing flatulence, constipation and hiccups.
It eases the mind, calms headaches and helps with excess sweating due to nervous tension. It can also stimulate milk flow in nursing mothers, while promoting the healing of wounds.
Dill oil calms and soothes the nerves and is helpful for digestive problems in adults, while helping the healing of wounds.
- Burners and vaporizers
- Dill essential oil can be used in vapor therapy for nervous tension, colic and indigestion and especially when you experience a feeling of being overwhelmed and in crisis.
- Massage oil or in the bath
- It can be a most helpful aid to calm and promote proper digestion, easing flatulence, as well as constipation and hiccups.
- In a cream or lotion
- When blended in a cream or lotion, it can have a very powerful effect on the healing of wounds.
More information about Dill Oil
Skin & Hair Care ~ protects the skin & wounds from infections ~ promotes fast healing ~ apply on the scalp to protect hair from various infections & head lice
Digestive System ~ relieves colic, hiccups, dyspepsia, flatulence, constipation & indigestion
Nervous System ~ calms & soothes the nerves, sedating & relaxing ~ excellent for anxiety, tension, anger, depression & hypertension ~ eases the mind & helps with headaches & reduces excess sweating due to nervous tension, relaxes & promotes sleep
Nursing Mothers ~ promotes lactation (milk flow)
Reproductive System ~ stimulates a sluggish menstrual cycle, relieves cramps, menstrual pain & discomfort (use in a massage blend & rub in clockwise direction)
Respiratory System ~ recommended for respiratory issues
Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ combats the feeling of being overwhelmed & helps calm in times of crisis
Blends Well With ~ Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Clove, Elemi, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemon Myrtle, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Spearmint, Peppermint, Tangerine, Tarragon
Safety ~ Non-toxic, non-irritant & non-sensitising ~ should be avoided during pregnancy