Herbs

Dill

Dill has been used as a medicinal herb for at least 5,000 years. The Ancient Egyptians used dill as a soothing medicine, and it was also used in aphrodisiacs and to ward off witches. The Greeks used dill as a symbol of wealth. The Romans believed that dill brought good fortune. In ancient times soldiers would apply burnt dill seeds to wounds to help them heal.

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‘Therewith her Vervain and her Dill,
That hindereth Witches of their Will.’
– 1627 play Nymphidia by Michael Drayton,

Dill has long been used as a medicine to soothe stomach ailments and gas. Dill seeds were even served after large meals to help calm the effects of over-indulgence. In 1525 Bankes’ Herbal said that “dill assuageth wicked winds in the womb” (meaning the stomach).

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