A Flavorful Herb – Dill
Dill is a medicinal herb and an aromatic spice used in many international cuisines. Not very common in many Indian kitchens, Dill is an integral part of Indonesian and Italian cuisine. The very first time most of us get acquainted to Dill is when we were given Dill water to cure colic & digestive problems during infancy. The sweet aroma and taste of Dill water I used to give to my kids still lingers.
Though my mother used Dill sparingly in her cooking, I like the flavor of Dill in many of my baking recipes and other dishes. More so after being introduced to the health benefits associated with this aromatic & appetizing medicinal herb.
Both the seeds and the fresh green leaves of Dill can be used in various recipes. Flavonoids and Monoterpenes are the two important compounds in Dill, which makes it a useful medicinal herb.
- The most important benefits associated with Dill is its digestive properties. The essential oils present in Dill stimulates secretion of various digestive juices thus help in digestion.
- The above two compounds present in Dill helps in fighting against free radicals and cancer.
- Dill is a good source of Calcium and thus strengthens bones and helps in reduction of bone loss during menopause.
- The other minerals present in Dill are iron, manganese and magnesium
- The essential oil in dill makes it a good moth freshener and help in many oral diseases.
- Dill helps calm down the Hiccups and reduce problems related to gas formation in stomach.
- Good to cure dysentery increase lactation in women and help remove toxic substances from our body.
- The essential present oils in Dill helps in many respiratory disorders, allergies and cough.
- The stimulant nature of essential oils in Dill acts as a sedative and helps in sleep disorders.
Prudent uses of Dill;
- Dill is a very aromatic spice and gives a distinct flavor to pickles and salads.
- Dill is a good spice for baking cakes, pies and pastries.
- A few sprigs of Dill sprinkled in any soup make a refreshing and delicious soup.
- Chewing a few Dill seeds can keep bad breath away.
- Dips made with cheese and a few leaves of Dill are great with vegetable sticks or sandwiches.
- A concoction made with a few seeds of Dill in water is good for digestion, cold and cough.
- A delicious and crispy Baked Pinwheel Snack made with Dill can be seen here.
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