Don’t get scared off by the name, Dill Weed essential oil has a long and colorful history as a remedy for health challenges.
The Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical document from 1550 B.C. mentions Dill as an herb of medicinal value. Many herbalists worldwide still use the herb for various health conditions, and it is a prized culinary herb for kitchen use. Dill Weed has a warm, aromatic and pleasantly spicy-herbal aroma. It is somewhat like Caraway.
In ancient Greece, special fragrance preparations were made from the leaves of dill.
Botanical Name: Anethum graveolens
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Weed
Blends Well With: Lemon, and other citrus
Aroma: Slightly-sweet, pickley, and herbaceous
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Dill essential oil is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Dill essential oil at home, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
- There are several ways to effectively use Dill Weed essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin-nourishing massage. 3.) Add 6 drops to ½ cup of castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
- Dill weed, Anethum graveolens, has a number of very versatile medicinal qualities for various health conditions. Its a powerful antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial making it ideal to use in cleaning blends as well as an antiseptic and disinfectant agent to heal wounds. As an antispasmodic, used in a massage oil blend it can help to reduce muscle spasm. It is also calming and offers relaxation and can be added to sleep aid blends. In conditions for body care, it reduces inflammation and has easing affects on arthritis and digestive upset and other digestive issues.
- There are many instances where people will add essential oils such as Dill and Black pepper to enhance the flavor of cucumbers and other pickling foods before pickling. While this might sound like a good idea at first, the essential oil does not combine properly with a watery brine and may lead to issues. Its most likely more effective and less costly to use whole herbal dill to your DIY picking products.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. By diffusing or using an essential oil inhaler with Dill Weed essential oil after a meal your body will get the sense of fullness and give you an ability to ward off any desire for sweets. Another option is to make a topical massage oil blend and to give yourself an abdominal massage after a meal. This will help to not only relieve digestive discomfort but smelling the dill aromatic can potentially help with cravings.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
TUMMY BLEND: Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 4 drops of Dill Weed, 4 drops of Ginger, 3 drops of Peppermint, 9 drops of Sweet Orange, then fill with Sweet Almond oil. Shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage. (1.7% dilution)