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"The joy of life is encapsulated in dill, and the taking in of spiritual nourishment from the heavens, bringing closeness with the angelic realms," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. She says the emotional benefits of dill essential oil (Anethum graveolens) are to encourage tenderness, transformation, harmony, soothing, calm, and cushioning.
This profile is for dill seed oil. Dill weed oil is also available and has a different composition.
Plant family: Apiaceae/Umbelliferae
Production: Steam distilled from the seeds of the plant.
Aroma: Lightly earthy, sweet, herbaceous
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is dill essential oil safe to use during pregnancy? No, according to Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume 2.
Is dill safe for children? Do not use with babies.
Cautions: Do not used an oxidized oil.
Main components of European dill seed:
Note: Indian dill seed is also available and has a different composition.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Dill may help relieve headaches, menstrual pain, colic, indigestion, intestinal cramps or spasms, constipation, nervous stomach, and nervousness. The oil may also help stimulate digestion.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Uses of dill essential oil include helping ease colic, indigestion, flatulence, and menstrual problems.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1: Dill calms the digestive system to help relieve colic, indigestion, and flatulence and may also calm menstrual cramps. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the oil is warming and drying and helps circulate Qi in the stomach for digestive relief. The oil also helps with the general circulation of Qi and disperses cold, which can help relieve rheumatic and arthritis pain.
Suggested essential oils to blend with dill:
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Dill helps calm, soothe, and balance emotions. The oil promotes emotional balance and harmony at the second chakra.
Essential Oils Handbook: In Ayurveda dill is pungent, bitter, and hot and helps reduce Pitta and Kapha.
Base Formula: Dill seed essential oil may help wounds heal, calms and soothes the nerves, and helps relieve digestive problems such as indigestion, flatulence, colic, and constipation.
Calming Diffuser Blend
Blend ingredients. Rub some of the blend on the abdomen and chest, massaging upwards towards the heart.
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