When you first think of dill, you think pickle, and that’s pretty much where your thought ends. Amazingly enough, dill actually offers many health benefits. Aside from using dill to make pickles, you can use it in salads and soups as dill will flavor a dish without increasing the calorie or fat content.
Dill offers many vitamins and minerals such as limonene, carvone, and anethofuran. Dill is also high in vitamin A and vitamin C, and has trace amounts of folate, iron, and manganese.
Osteoporosis affects millions of people each year. Along with other essential minerals, Calcium helps fight the disease, and since dill is a plant based source of calcium, adding dill to your diet can aid in the fight against osteoporosis.
Used as an essential oil instead of an herb, dill oil has powers sedative and hypnotic properties. It stimulates certain hormones which calm and relax, helping people get a good night’s sleep.
Dill contains anti-bacterial properties, and can be used to fight off infections internally and externally-including fungal infections.
Dill helps fight bad breath and acid reflux by helping with the control of acid levels in the stomach. It also helps sooth an upset stomach, prevents diarrhea, and reduces gas build up in the intestines. Dill also contains dietary fiber which helps with your digestive health overall.
Since ancient times, dill has been used as a very good headache remedy. While you could strain fresh dill into your afternoon cup of tea, drinking dill pickle juice is a fast option to rid you of your headache…as long as you can handle the taste.
Mixing a spoonful of fresh dill into boiling water and straining the liquid will rid you of your annoying hiccups. As with the headache, though for faster relief, drinking a few ounces of pickle juice will certainly do the trick.
Due to its anti-inflammatory quality, dill is helpful in the fight against rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and arthritis.