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Dill originated in Eastern Europe. Wild and weedy types of dill are widespread in the Mediterranean and West Asia. Several twigs of dill were found in the tomb of Amenhotep II and traces have been found in Roman ruins in Great Britain. Dill is even reference in the Talmud and Bible by the name Shubit.
To the Greeks the presence of dill was an indication of prosperity. In the 8th century Charlemagne used it at banquets to relieve hiccups and in the Middle Ages it was used in a love potion and was believed to keep witches away.
Like caraway its fernlike leaves are aromatic and are used to flavor many foods such as gravlax (cured salmon) borscht and other soups and pickles (where sometimes the dill flower is used). Dill is said to be best when used fresh as it loses its flavor rapidly if dried; however freeze-dried dill leaves preserve their flavor relatively well for a few months.
Dill seed is used as a spice with a flavor somewhat similar to caraway but also resembling that of fresh or dried dill weed. Dill seeds were traditionally used to soothe the stomach after meals. And dill oil can be extracted from the leaves stems and seeds of the plant.
In Lao cuisine the herb is typically used in mok pa (steamed fish in banana leaf) and several coconut milk-based curries that contain fish or prawns. Dill is also an essential ingredient in Vietnamese dishes like cha ca and canh cá thì là.
Dill has a very long history of herbal use going back more than 2 000 years. The seeds are a common and very effective household remedy for a wide range of digestive problems. An infusion is especially effective in treating gripe in babies and flatulence in young children. The seed is aromatic carminative mildly diuretic galactogogue stimulant and stomachic. It is also used in the form of an extracted essential oil. Used either in an infusion or by eating the seed whole the essential oil in the seed relieves intestinal spasms and griping helping to settle colic.
Chewing the seed improves bad breath. Dill is also a useful addition to cough cold and flu remedies it can be used with antispasmodics such as Viburnum opulus to relieve period pains. Dill will also help to increase the flow of milk in nursing mothers and will then be taken by the baby in the milk to help prevent colic.