3 February 2022 / Caitlin Devlin
Dill Seed Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
Derived from the Norse word meaning 'to lull', dill seed is calming and stress-relieving.
Although not a commonly used oil in the world of modern aromatherapy, dill seed has a medical history stretching back thousands of years.
First mentioned in Egyptian medical texts around 3000 BCE, dill seed oil has been popular since ancient times among the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, and it is reported that Hippocrates used the oil to treat children’s wounds in times of war. These days dill seed oil is most commonly known for its soothing properties and as a digestive aid. However, it has multiple other properties that make this herbaceous oil worth learning about.
Dill seed essential oil can help relieve anxiety.
Dill seed oil has been associated with calming effects for centuries. In fact, the name ‘dill’ comes from the Norse word ‘dilla’, meaning ‘to lull’, referencing the herb’s stress-reducing benefits. One of the major components of dill seed oil is the component carvone, which helps to regulate the hormones that control stress and anxiety. This means that the oil can have a powerful effect on stress, and can also help to prevent insomnia by calming the mind and preparing it for rest.
It can help to heal small wounds.
Antioxidant-rich foods and natural products are often touted for their ability to fight free radicals in the body and prevent cell damage. However, antioxidants are also useful in the healing of cuts and scrapes. Antioxidants can encourage the production of collagen at the site of wounds, which helps the injuries to heal faster.
Dill seed oil contains several components that have antioxidant properties – kaempferol is the largest, but the components eugenol and limonene also contribute to these antioxidant effects. Kaempferol and limonene also have strong antibacterial effects, which allow them to inhibit growth of harmful bacteria around the site of the wound and prevent infection.
Ensure that when using dill seed oil to treat a wound, you are only applying the diluted oil to the skin around the wound and not to the open wound itself.
It can aid digestion.
The herb dill is often used to soothe digestive troubles in children, and when applied topically the oil can be a useful home remedy for problems such as constipation, loss of appetite, and indigestion. It is speculated that this is due to the carminative properties of the oil, which allow it to stop gas formation in the intestines and so prevent associated issues.
It’s good for the skin.
Dill oil is a popular ingredient in anti-aging products due to its skin-boosting effects. A study in 2010 showed that dill oil may help to reinforce skin elasticity and firmness by promoting the production of collagen. This can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and leave skin looking brighter and more youthful. The antibacterial properties of the oil also allow it to clear harmful microbes from pores, whilst its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce redness on the surface of the skin.
It’s surprising that dill seed oil has not been full discovered yet by modern aromatherapy, since its long list of useful properties give it benefits for both physical and mental health, and also allow it to be a useful cosmetic product. As research into natural products increases we may see dill beginning to make a name for itself – for now, you might want to think about getting ahead of the trend.
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