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Dill: Health Benefits, Nutrients and Side Effects

  1. Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a plant from the lace-cap family, which also includes fennel and chervil. Dill has a wonderfully fresh taste of light citrus and anise. The taste is delicious with fish, for example a salmon salad with dill sauce, shrimp cocktail or cream sauce. Even the ancient Egyptians knew dill and used it not only as a spice but also as a herbal remedy. They mainly used it for stomachaches and hiccups. The Greeks and Romans used the herb as a medicine and seasoning. The Roman gladiators rubbed dill on the skin to prevent inflammation of their wounds. Dill is still one of the most popular culinary herbs today.

What is dill?

  1. Annual umbel flower Dill (Anethum graveolens) belongs to the umbelliferous family, a family of flowering plants. The annual umbel flower grows to a length of 30 to 75 cm and has smooth needle-like leaves. The herb has a hollow, rounded and striped stem. The plant has a beautiful umbel with groups of yellow flowers on long stems. The flowers of the plant look a bit like the flowers of parsnip and fennel

Nutrients in Dill

  1. Ingredients 100 grams of dried dill herb contains 20 g protein, 5.5 g water, 4 g fat, 12 g crude fiber, 57 g carbohydrates, 0.2 g sodium, 1.7 g calcium, 3.3 g potassium and 0, 1 to 0.35 g of essential oils and caffeic acid derivatives and coumarins (anti-coagulants). With 357mg of magnesium per 200 calorie serving, this herb is a good source of magnesium

Health Benefits of Dill

  1. The most common form of dill (as a medicinal herb) is tea. To make it, mix 5 g of crushed seeds (about 1 tablespoon) with 100 ml of hot water and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. After straining, drink the dill tea in small sips. Dill tea helps with gastrointestinal complaints such as stomach pain and stomach and intestinal cramps. Dill is also used as an over-the-counter remedy for constipation, bloating, heartburn and loss of appetite. Because of its progesterone-promoting effect, the old home remedy can also be used to treat menstrual cramps

Side Effects

  1. There are no known side effects with the medical use of dill products. If your skin comes into contact with fresh dill juice, it can lead to dermatitis when the skin area is exposed to strong sunlight (a so-called photoallergic reaction).

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