Dill

Dill is one of the most famous plants in our latitudes, which is often added to various dishes. Mostly it is grown artificially, but often you can see dill in the wild. Even the Romans and Egyptians ate it, appreciating the pleasant smell and medicinal properties of dill.

Thanks to the interaction of magnesium and iron, which are easily absorbed, dill stimulates the process of creating blood cells. Essential oils contained in dill stimulate digestion, increase the outflow of bile and provide a weak diuretic effect. In addition, dill is able to work as a disinfectant for the treatment of the digestive tract, intestines and organs of the genitourinary system.

Useful properties

It is from dill that a number of medicines are created, which are taken for the supportive treatment and prevention of heart disease. This is due to the fact that the anetine contained in it contributes to the natural expansion of blood vessels, which prevents the formation of blood clots and improves blood flow to all organs, including the brain. Dill is used even for stomach or intestinal ulcers - it is able to have an analgesic effect and relieve spasms.

Most people use it as a seasoning, but few people know about a wide range of useful and medicinal properties of dill. Parents who have a small child usually learn about its beneficial properties, as dill seeds help fight colic in babies. It is completely safe for children due to its naturalness. Urop acts as a spasm reliever and reduces the annoying colic that babies suffer from.

Dill seeds have a very rich composition. These small grains contain a wide range of nutrients, including vital zinc, fennel essential oil, and various vitamins. The plant has a fairly rich chemical composition, and it has a lot calories - about three times more than in tomatoes.

Dill has the following characteristics:

Chemical composition of dill (per 100 g)
Vitamins
Tocopherol (E) 1.4 mg
Vitamin C 1.7 mg
Vitamin B9 (folic acid) 100 mg
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 27 mcg
Vitamin B3 (pantothenic acid) 0.2 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) 0.3 mg
Beta-carotene 750 mcg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) 0.1 mg
Vitamin PP 4.5 mg
Vitamin A 0.03 mg
Macronutrients
Phosphorus 0.6 mg
Potassium 93 mg
Sodium 335 mg
Calcium 70 mg
Magnesium 43 mg
Trace elements
Iron 0.91 mg
Manganese 223 mg
Copper 1.264 mg
Zinc 146 mcg

ut dill seeds:

  • cope with insomnia;
  • improve heart function;
  • support the body in removing harmful substances and toxins;
  • lower blood pressure;
  • stimulate the production of gastric juice;
  • normalizes bowel function;
  • help fight lack of appetite.

Seeds normalize heart contractions, thereby preventing arrhythmia and atherosclerosis. It helps strengthen blood vessels and improve heart function.

For problems in the organs of the genitourinary system, decoctions and infusions from seeds are used as a natural mild diuretic, which also helps to remove toxins and toxins. Dill seeds kill pathogenic bacteria and help in the treatment of inflammation. They act as a weak choleretic agent and support the body during the period of illness, when the outflow of bile is impaired. Due to their ability to fight pathogenic bacteria, they help stop the processes of putrefaction in the digestive tract.

Dill seeds are useful as maintenance therapy in the treatment of severe cough and bronchitis. The fact is that they are able to stimulate the cleansing of the bronchi, helping to thin the sputum.

Treatment with dill seeds

Infusion and decoction of dill are used to treat various diseases. The choice of remedy depends on the disease to be fought. Dried seeds are well suited for this, which have a more pronounced effect. There are many ways to prepare the infusion, but in general the recipes are very simple and similar. For example, to prepare an infusion, it is necessary to pour boiling water over dill seeds and insist for some time, then strain and take. The time of infusion depends on whether fresh or dried seeds were used, as well as on the specific disease that you are going to fight. There is one general rule: it is believed that it is desirable to grind the seeds before brewing, so they will have a more pronounced effect.

To make a decoction, pour dill seeds with water and boil. On average, you need to take 1 tablespoon of raw materials per 1 liter of hot water. The resulting mixture must be brought to a boil in a water bath and simmer for several minutes, and then allowed to cool and consume. You can even use the seeds without pre-treatment, but in this case, it is advisable to grind them into powder with a coffee grinder so that the healing effect manifests itself faster.

Recipes for the treatment of diseases

For stomach pain

If you suffer from pain and cramps in the stomach, you need to take 1 teaspoon of seeds dill (pre-grind them into powder) and add 250 ml of boiling water. It is advisable to do this in a thermos or close the container with liquid with a tight lid, wrap it with a warm cloth and leave for a couple of hours. The resulting infusion drink 150 ml several times a day 20 minutes before meals.

For a diuretic effect

To achieve a pronounced diuretic effect in case of kidney disease, you need to take 1 tablespoon of dried seeds (or use twice as many fresh ones), add half - liters of hot water. Infuse this mixture for about an hour and consume 100 ml before meals.

To prevent angina pectoris

To reduce the risk of angina pectoris, make an infusion of 1 teaspoon of seeds soaked in 200 ml of hot water and steeped for 60 minutes. Strain the resulting mixture thoroughly and drink a couple of sips before meals.

For insomnia

A combination of dill seeds and wine (red and preferably sweet) in a ratio of 1:10 is good for insomnia. Combine the ingredients, bring to a boil and boil a little. Then remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour. It is advisable to do this in a thermos or wrap dishes with infusion. It should be taken 50 g immediately before bedtime. This will help you deal with insomnia.

Treatment of bronchitis and coughs

In the treatment of bronchitis and coughs, dill seeds are used as a natural and excellent expectorant. To do this, just take 300 ml of water, add 1 teaspoon of crushed seeds and place in a water bath. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes, leave for up to an hour and strain well. Add a little honey and 50 ml milk to the mixture and drink half a glass before meals.

To combat eye fatigue and eyelid swelling

To combat eye fatigue or redness, a decoction of a mixture of mint and fennel seed powder should be used. It is used for lotions. Mix 1 teaspoon of seeds and 1 tablespoon of mint, add 200 ml of water and boil for 10 minutes. Then the resulting broth must be carefully filtered, moistened with cotton pads and applied to the eyes for several minutes.

For Acidity

If you have an acid stomach or gallbladder problems, use powdered dry fennel seeds. Add 1/2 teaspoon to food or just take orally with water during meals.

For inflammation of the kidneys

To make an infusion of seeds for inflammation of the kidneys, you need to take 2 teaspoons of raw materials, add 2 cups of boiling water and infuse for 10 minutes. After this, the infusion must be well filtered and drunk several times a day for 2 days. It is also good for colitis or to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding women.

Dill Seeds for Newborns

Dill seeds are excellent for newborn babies who often suffer from colic. This is a great alternative to chemical preparations that are sold in pharmacies. To help the baby, you need to prepare the following decoction: pour 1 teaspoon of seeds into 250 ml of hot water and let it brew for 1 hour. Then carefully strain the liquid and give the child 1 teaspoon 3 times a day 20 minutes before feeding. If you are just starting to help your baby with fennel seeds, give this infusion little by little, at first 1 teaspoon a day, to make sure the child is responding well to this treatment.

Culinary uses

Dill is widely used for pickling vegetables, and even umbrellas with unripe seeds are used. It is often used to flavor dishes, to give a pleasant aroma to cheese, but it is recommended not to combine dill with other spices, because. its aroma and taste are strong enough.

If you want to prepare dill for future use in winter, you can dry it in a cool, dark place. Be sure - it will not lose either its aroma or its beneficial properties. Seeds can also be harvested and stored throughout the year, using as needed.

Due to its vasodilating properties, dill helps to relieve headaches and migraines, and also helps to relax the intestines. It also helps to lower blood pressure when used regularly, but you should consult your doctor before using it. The properties of dill can be considered universal, as it is used to combat salt deposits in combination with therapeutic massage and sports activities. It helps to fight obesity by acting as a maintenance drug in combination with diets and exercise. It is even recommended for those who suffer from diabetes.

A weak decoction of dill is used to relieve inflammation in the eyes and fight certain diseases such as conjunctivitis. The seeds of this plant are able to relieve spasms, fight pathogenic bacteria and increase the outflow of bile from the body.

If you don't like the taste of dill seed infusion, you can drink it neat. To do this, you need to take them inside 3 times a day in a dry form, washed down with water. A small pinch is enough to notice the effect with regular use. This remedy is good for bowel problems, including gas or constipation. Dill brings no less benefit to those people who have skin diseases, including those associated with improper functioning of the stomach or intestines.

Another way to use dill is a special essential oil made from it. The oil is taken 10-15 drops 3 times a day, it is advisable to combine it with sugar to brighten up the not very pleasant taste.

Dill contraindications

The use of dill seeds is contraindicated for those who have low blood pressure, because it can reduce it even more and aggravate the health condition.

Women should use dill with caution during pregnancy. On the one hand, it helps to stimulate lactation, cope with edema, which often affects pregnant women, and also fight insomnia. In addition, it is a very effective remedy for constipation, which bothers pregnant women, even if they eat right. However, before including this spice in your diet, be sure to consult your doctor.

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