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Anethum graveolens

(trade name),

Oleum anethi

(trade name),

Peucedanum graveolens

(trade name),


(trade name)


Therapeutic: sedative hypnotics
Oral: GI, kidney, and urinary tract diseasesinsomnia


Dill seed has antibacterial, sedative, and diuretic effects. Dill seed oil has spasmolytic effects on smooth muscle.

Therapeutic effects

Improved sleep.
Relief of intestinal discomfort.


Absorption: Unknown.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown.
Half-life: Unknown.

Time/action profile



Contraindicated in: Allergy to dill or allergy to carrot family plants, including asafoetida, caraway, celery, coriander and fennel;.
Use Cautiously in: Obstetric: Pregnancy and lactation: avoid amounts greater than seasoning quantities.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


  • contact dermatitis


May ↑ lithium levels.None known.
Oral (Adults) Dried seeds—1–4 g PO TID; Oil—2–6 drops daily.


Bulk dried seeds: OTC
Dill oil: OTC

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess appetite, flatulence and bowel elimination before and during therapy.
  • Assess sleep patterns prior to and during therapy.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Deficient knowledge, related to medication regimen


  • May be taken without regard for food.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Inform patients that there are no approved uses for this herbal supplement.
  • Advise patient that dill contains a high sodium content and patients on a restricted sodium diet should not take this herbal supplement without consulting health care professional.
  • Warn patients that skin contact with this herbal supplement may cause skin irritation.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Improved appetite and reduction in intestinal discomfort.
  • Improvement in sleep habits.


Herbal medicine
A culinary and medicinal plant that has been used as an antimicrobial, appetite stimulant, carminative and treatment for colic.


A hardy annual, Anethum graveolens, whose leaves and seeds are used primarily to flavor foods. It is also used as an antiflatulent and antispasmodic, but scientific evidence of its effectiveness is lacking.


n Latin name:
Anethum graveolens, parts used: buds, fruit, seeds; uses: antispasmodic, colic, gas; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients with fluid imbalances; can cause photodermatitis, altera-tion in sodium balance. Also called
dill seed, dillweed, garden dill, and
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Wearing a brimmed black hat, gray suit, string tie and pink shirt, Dills leans forward at his desk and sums up his feelings: ``Oh man, will I miss the place.
Dills moved to Gardena in 1925, when the Los Angeles area was a hamlet compared with the modern day sprawl.
When Dills found his way to Sacramento in the 1930s, it boasted a sweltering, pre-air conditioned, pre-reformed Capitol.
In other words, it was one of those things where a lawyer, an insurance man and even a schoolteacher, as I was, could get away from their job, come up here for the magnificent sum of $12 a day for 100 days,'' Dills said, recalling 60-cent meals that could be purchased at a place near the river.
Several current lawmakers said that during the World War II era, Dills bucked then-widespread sentiment against Japanese-Americans.
In the interview, Dills recalled that he refused to vote on one 1940s resolution demanding that Japanese-Americans and Italian-Americans give up their dual citizenship.
But they did,'' said Dills, who added that he had earned money enough to attend school from a job made possible by a Japanese-American friend.
Another, Clayton, served with Dills in the Assembly.
One day, a bill supported by Clayton Dills came to the Assembly floor.
Ralph Dills still can repeat the debate almost word for word: ``I hit the floor and said, `I'm a milk man
Today, a trip to any supermarket shows that was one political battle Ralph Dills lost.
Legislative records from 1943 list the local address of the Dills brothers as ``John's Motel,'' telephone number 5-9509.