Dill (Anethum Graveolens) is an annual herb and it grows very tall with one strong straight stem and fine feathery leaves. This herb is culinary and medical herb, the leaves and the seeds being used for cooking , and the seeds only are used for medicines. Dill is easy herb to grow, just sow the seed in the spring, in a sunny and shelters spot. Water well, especially during the dry season. Thin the seedlings to a hand span apart. Avoid to plant near fennel as cross pollination may take a place and spoil the unique flavour of the dill.
Dill has always been a safe useful remedy for mild digestive upsets and flatulence. It is an ingredient in gripe water, which is specially made for children and babies. Chewing dill seeds will help to sweeten your breath.
Dill is also a sedative herb and good remedy for sleeplessness, acting as a mild tranquillizer. Taken last thing at night, a small glassful of hot dill seed tea will have a calming effect. The seed tea served unsweetened will help to stop hiccups.Dill also helps to sharpen he appetite if a small cup tea is taken about half an hour before a meal.
How to make dill seed tea:
Crush 2 teaspoons seeds and put them in enamel pan with 1 cup of water.
Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Leave for further 10 minutes and then strain.
Sweeten with honey and drink warm a small glassful at a time.