Dill oil once was considered as a magic potion. This essential oil does wonders for all ages. From mothers who want to increase their milk production to babies who suffer colic. It has a number of properties ranging from antibacterial and antioxidant to antifungal.
Romans believed that it could reduce stress and nervousness. But today we usually use dill oil for digestive support, especially for constipation and indigestion.
Uses of Dill Oil
Because of its pleasant aroma dill oil is popularly used in food, medicine, soap and perfume manufacturing. People know it for its healing properties, such as:
- Sedative — Its sedating effect may help in inducing drowsiness
- Antimicrobial — because of its high concentration of carvone.
- Antispasmodic — Its calming and relaxing effect that helps soothe spasmodic attacks.
Dill oil promotes milk production for nursing mothers and also helps treat breast congestion due to nursing. When mixed in lotions or creams, it can be used to help heal wounds. You can also use it in vapor therapy for relieving tension and calming the nerves.
Benefits of Dill Oil use
People usually use it for digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation, and loss of appetite. Because of its carminative properties, it can help stop the formation of gas in the intestines. It also has a soothing and calming effect that helps relieve depression and anxiety and reduces nervousness. Other benefits are:
- It is ideal for people who suffer from insomnia because it may help promote restful sleep.
- Helps to reduce inflammation in the throat and mouth.
- By mixing it with chamomile tea it may help ease the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.
- By rubbing it on the scalp it may protect from head lice.
- Helps treat urinary tract infection (UTI) and works as a diuretic.
How to Get the Best of Dill Oil?
Mix three drops of dill oil, two drops of lemon balm oil, and two drops of lavender oil in an aromatherapy lamp. This mixture of oils has a relaxing effect and assists in relieving anxiety, stress, and panic. Its spicy, minty, and sweet aroma helps relieve cramps and promotes sleep.
Another relaxing combination of oils is to mix five drops of lavender oil, three drops of dill oil and three drops of roman chamomile oil in an aromatherapy lamp. It helps in concentration and it also gives a sense of calm, which makes it an effective option for hyperactive children.
It is also excellent to use in the shower if you want to get that soothing and refreshing feeling. In your bathwater you can add three drops of the oil, to stimulate and strengthen your entire body.
Side Effects of Dill Oil
Skin irritation is the most common side effect of dill oil. To check if you are sensitive you can have a skin patch test prior to using it. Pregnant women should avoid using dill oil.