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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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coarse ground pork shoulder 2 tablespoons pressed garlic 3 tablespoons dill seeds 1 tablespoon black pepper 3 tablespoons caraway seeds 2 cups wine (red, I presume) 1/2 cup green onion tops 2 large onions, chopped 1 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon salt
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Meanwhile, in a 3- to 4-quart pan over high heat, bring 2/3 cup water, vinegar, bay leaf, peppercorns, mustard seed, dill seed, salt, and garlic to a boil.
Many substances on the list, such as carrots, figs, vanilla, dill seeds, and cocoa, were undoubtedly added to impart some characteristic flavor to the products.
Return the meat to the pan with the onion, sauerkraut, tomatoes, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, dill seeds, mushrooms and prunes.
Add the fennel and dill seeds and cook another 30 seconds.
AUNT ALLIE'S DILL PICKLES 6 pounds small fresh cucumbers 16 fresh hot peppers 16 teaspoons dill seeds 16 teaspoons mustard seed 16 cloves fresh peeled garlic 6 cups white vinegar 6 cups water 12 tablespoons pickling salt Wash and sterilize 8 quart jars and lids.
Included on the publicly released list of cigarette additives are the fragrant and flavorful extracts of anise, cinnamon, molasses, dandelion roots, and walnut hulls; juices from apples, raisins, figs, and plums; black currant buds; peppery capsicum oleoresin; clover tops; nutmeg powder; vanilla; vinegar; smoke flavor; tea leaf; orange blossom water; and oils of basil, bay leaves, caraway, carrots, dill seeds, ginger, lavender, lemon, lime, pepper, Scotch pine, oak chips, and patchouli.
Other flavoring ingredients to combine include dill seeds, whole allspice, white peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, tiny dried red peppers and celery seed.
If you like some herbs in your salad mix, it won't hurt to sow some chive and dill seeds as well.
Season with paprika and caraway seeds or dill seeds or weed and white pepper.