Anethum graveolens

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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.
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Herbal medicine
A culinary and medicinal plant that has been used as an antimicrobial, appetite stimulant, carminative and treatment for colic.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Plant growth regulators, adenine sulfate and carbohydrates regulate organogenesis and in vitro flowering of Anethum graveolens. Acta Physiol Plant 2011;33(2):305-311.
Yang, "Evaluation of antioxidant ability of ethanolic extract from dill (Anethum graveolens L.) flower," Food Chemistry, vol.
reported that aqueous extract of Anethum graveolens significantly reduced blood glucose levels in diabetic mice.
(2012) The study of anti-inflammatory activity of oil-based dill (Anethum graveolens L.) extract used topically in formalin-induced inflammation male rat paw.
According to our histochemical studies of PNA, UEA, and DBA lectins, administration of aqueous extracts of Anethum graveolens decreases glycoconjugates with Gal/GalNAc residues in a dose-dependent manner and has no effect on glycoconjugates with [alpha]-fucose residues.
Insecticidal activity of Trachyspermum ammi (Umbelliferae) Anethum graveolens Umbelliferae) and Nigella sativa (Ranunculaceae) essential oils against stored-product beetle Tribolium castaneum Herbst (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).
There are reports that indicate the beneficial effects of cytokinin especially BAP on the induction of in vitro flowering for medicinal plants like Withania somnifera, Rauvolfia tetraphylla, and Anethum graveolens [29-31] which are in accordance with our investigation.
Dili (Anethum graveolens) (seeds)--As a popular flavoring agent, dill has a history of use as an aromatic herb and spice exceeding 2000 years.
ABSTRACT: The essential oil of seeds of Anethum graveolens L.
Bioactive potential of Anethum graveolens, Foeniculum vulgare and Trachyspermum ammi belonging to the family umbelliferae- current status.
Characteristics of Anethum Graveolens (Umbelliferae) Seed Oil: Seed Oil: Extraction, Composition And Antimicrobial Activity.