Top 5 Dill Essential Oil Uses

Dill Essential Oil Uses

Almost everyone is familiar with dill because it’s the main ingredient providing flavor to dill pickles; however, its culinary uses extend far beyond a common pickling agent, with it being used in meat and soup dishes as well. For most food related uses, the dill leaves either fresh, dried or freeze dried are used, but the seeds are also quite popular, too. Both the leaves and seeds may produce oil through a process called steam distillation, and the resulting substance is associated with some medicinal applications. Dill essential oil uses were actually thought to include ‘magical’ healing powers centuries ago, though today a better, scientific understanding of dill’s potential health uses has emerged.

All essential oils uses relate to complex, naturally occurring, chemical compounds found in plant oils. In the case of dill, eugenol, limonene, terpinene, myristicin, dillapiole and d-carvone are all present, and each one of these compounds may provide numerous healthful benefits. Dill essential oil uses are thought to be attributable to the oil’s sedative, antispasmodic, laxative, antibacterial and calming properties, among others, that are made possible by these natural chemicals. These healing properties are what contribute to medicinal use of the oil both today and anecdotally throughout history, including the top five uses found below.

1. Hiccups: Call it a hokey home remedy, but anyone who has ever had a case of the hiccups that just wouldn’t let up will likely be glad to know that dill essential oil uses are thought to include making them go away quickly! Supposedly, applying dill oil (diluted with a suitable carrier oil) to the jaw line can help make hiccups go away in a hurry!

2. Appetite Regulator: Some people manage their appetite better than others, but for anyone with control issues, an unusual anecdotal selection amongst dill essential oil uses may come in handy. Historically, a combination of dill and black pepper essential oils applied to the bottom of the feet has been suggested as useful in appetite regulation.

3. Calming: Dill may not be the first essential oil that people think of in terms of aromatherapy use. However, it’s calming and supposedly sedative like effects may be useful in more ways than one. It’s been suggested that when dill oil vapors are inhaled, the nerves and brain are both affected, leading to relaxation and reduced tension and anxiety. While more study will be needed to better understand these dill essential oil uses, it’s been suggested by some that the oil may eventually be useful in certain conditions, like ADHD, for these calming tendencies.

4. Laxative: Many things found in nature have laxative tendencies, and dill is thought to possess these qualities on a mild level. But, its combination of digestive applications is what makes it potentially more useful than others in terms of providing relief. In addition to laxative properties, dill oil may also help reduce intestinal spasms, speed digestion and reduce intestinal gas. Therefore, dill essential oil uses may not only include constipation relief, but a generalized reduction in associated, uncomfortable symptoms, too.

5. Wound Care: Lots of essential oils possess antibacterial properties, and as a result may be useful in preventing infections from minor injuries like cuts, scrapes and burns. Though challenging to prove, historical dill essential oil uses also included wound care because the substance was believed to help speed up the healing process (a use which also was purportedly used for “internal” wounds as well).

Dill has yet to reach the popularity level of many other plant oils, and the lack of research into its potential uses combined with this fact mean that it is hardly ever featured in combination oil blends. However, furthered research into the oil’s use in infections and conditions like ADHD mean that it’s possible that will change in the future and it will be more widely used both alone and in conjunction with other healing plant oils.