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Dill, also known as Dill, is an aromatic herb originally from the Mediterranean, which can be used as a medicinal plant because it has properties that help in the cure of various diseases, such as flu, cold and nasal congestion or even relaxing, can also be used in babies and children.
Its scientific name is Aneethun graveolens and the most used parts of this plant are the leaves and seeds, which can be purchased in he alth food stores and in some compounding pharmacies.
What is it for
Due to its properties, Dill can be used in several situations:
Dill is great for digestion because it stimulates it, in addition to stimulating the appetite, it eliminates spasms, which is why it is used to reduce colic and gas, and also helps to relieve nausea and treat diarrhea and constipation. It can also be used to relieve colic in the baby. See what causes and how to fight colic in babies.
2. Mental and emotional he alth
Dill helps relieve tiredness caused by sleep disturbances, increasing concentration and memory. It is a relaxing herb, it treats insomnia and digestive disorders caused by stress.
3. Respiratory system
Dill has antispasmodic and expectorant properties, so it can also be used to treat dry and productive coughs and also associated with asthma treatments.
4. Musculoskeletal System
The volatile oils present in both dill leaves and seeds relax smooth muscles and are therefore useful in relieving tension and pain.
5. Immune system
Studies prove that this plant also has antibacterial and antifungal properties against the Candida fungus. Furthermore, it is also proven that dill can inhibit the formation of malignant tumors.
6. Urinary system
Dill is good for the urinary system because it has diuretic properties, which means that it increases the amount of urine passed, also helping to prevent fluid retention.
7. Reproduction system
Dill can also be used in painful menstruation, as it helps to regulate menstruation. In the East, it is a plant widely used in women before childbirth, to facilitate the birth of the baby. In addition, it also increases milk in breastfeeding mothers.
In addition, dill also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve pain and swelling, arthritis and earaches.
How to use
Dill can be used in cooking, chopping the leaves to use as a seasoning in various dishes, such as fish, vegetables or preparing sauces. In addition, the seeds can also be used, whole or ground, on top of bread before baking, or mixed in a salad, for example.
To make teas and infusions, the leaves and seeds can be used, as follows:
- 1 tablespoon of dill leaves and seeds;
- 1 cup of boiling water.
Place 1 tablespoon of dill leaves and seeds in a cup of boiling water. Let it rest for 15 minutes, strain and drink next.