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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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Soaking your hands in a dill seed decoction will not only relax you, it also will strengthen your nails.
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Add beef and seasonings from packets to pot along with vinegar, stout, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns, dill seeds, allspice, and bay leaves; then add water to barely cover beef.
2 large whole cucumbers, cut in thirds and spiralized 2 tsps celery salt 2 tbsps white wine vinegar 2 tbsps caster sugar 2 tsps crushed dill seeds 2 tsps of fresh dill, finely chopped (reserve a few fronds for decoration)
In a large casserole dish, combine the zucchini with 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon dill seeds and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
4 percent brine strength) * 3 to 4 tbsp dill seeds * 2 to 3 heads garlic, peeled and smashed * Pinch (about 6) black peppercorns * 1 tbsp coriander seeds * 1 tbsp mustard seeds * 1 tbsp fennel seeds * 10 juniper berries * 1 handful grape, cherry, oak, horseradish, or cardoon leaves * 3 to 4 pounds cucumbers After you've mixed the brine, load your container of choice with the dill, garlic, peppercorns, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, fennel seeds, juniper berries, and grape leaves on the bottom, followed by the cucumbers, tightly packed.
Dried dill is useful when fresh isn't available, to give a Scandinavian touch to fish, egg dishes and potatoes (don't confuse with dill seeds, which are used in pickles).
Ancient Greeks covered soldiers' wounds with dill seeds to heal them, and gladiators ate food covered with dill, thinking it would make them brave.
The kit is packaged in an earth-friendly compostable box containing an instruction booklet, a link to a downloadable recipe booklet, and a paper insert imbedded with dill seeds so consumers can grow their own dill at home.
In a food processor, combine the sugar, salt, dill seeds, fresh dill and pepper.