The Power of Herbs – Part I – Dill Health Benefits

Growing Dill at Home

I’ve decided I’m going to try my hand at growing some herbs and maybe some fruit and veg this year! We’ll see if I have green fingers. First thing I’ve planting is some dill. Dill health benefits are numerous so I thought it would be a good place to start!

While this is something to do, I think more people should be growing their own herbs, fruit and veg! What you get in the shop tends to taste of nothing and have less nutrients than you’d be led to believe.

Home grown tends to be packed full of nutrients and will keep you healthy. They can even protect you from certain diseases if you prepare them in certain ways. I’m going to focus on some herbs that have incredible healing properties (not the funny kind…) 

Growing Dill at Home

Dill’s name is derived from the Old Norse word “dilla,” which means to soothe. It has been used to treat colic in infants and digestive diseases since ancient times.

Every herb has its own distinct chemical structure which gives it certain properties that can be used in varying ways. Dill’s leaves and stems are a strong source of vitamin E. Moreover, the amount of vitamin C in dill is 10 times more than the amount of vitamin E!

Dill is rich in a variety of plant compounds that may have numerous benefits for health, including protection against certain forms of cancer. Additionally, dill may help lower blood sugar levels! It has been used for centuries in Asian traditional medicine, and its constituents have useful effects on the control and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders

Dill Health Benefits

Dill health benefits are numerous which make it a fantastic herb to plant in the garden.

Rich in antioxidants

Antioxidants are naturally occurring compounds that help protect cells against damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals (I love this term!) Berries, like blueberries, are really high in antioxidants. They can help reduce chronic inflammation and support cardiovascular health.

Both the seeds and leaves of the dill plant are rich in several plant compounds with antioxidant properties!

Dill is also a good source of vitamin C, which has powerful antioxidant properties.

Cardiovascular Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide!

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 75% of heart disease cases could be prevented by reducing risk factors like poor diet, smoking, and lack of exercise.

Flavonoids, like those found in dill, protect heart health due to their potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

May help lower blood sugar levels

Dill has potential blood-sugar-lowering effects, however this has not been tested in humans, yet. 

Several studies in animals with diabetes have shown a significant improvement in fasting blood sugar levels with daily doses of dill extract. 

Quick Lunchtime Recipe with Dill – Salmon, Dill and Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

Salmon – 240g

Cucumber – 250g

Mayonnaise – 150g

Juicer of One Lemon

Dill – 10g

Method

  1. Cook the salmon in the oven at 180 for 12 minutes
  2. Chop the cucumber into small pieces and add to mixing bowl.
  3. Chop the dill finly and add to bowl.
  4. Remove the salmon and leave to cool.
  5. Once the salmon has cooled add it to the mixing bowl with the lemon juice and mayonnaise 
  6. Mix it all together well

Here are some other ways to add fresh dill to your meals:

  • Use it as a garnish for soups or roasted vegetables.
  • Sprinkle it on top of cold cucumber salads.
  • Use it in potato salads or on baked or roasted potatoes.
  • Place it over gravlax.
  • Stir it into yogurt-based dips like tzatziki.
  • Chop and add it to salads.
  • Use it to add flavor to fish, lamb, or egg dishes.
  • Add it to baked bread
  • Incorporate it into sauces, marinades, or salad dressings.

How to Grow Dill

Sowing

Dow dill in-situ as it doesn’t like to be disturbed! Plant into pots or the ground where it is to grow.

Start dill off from seed anytime between mid-spring and mid-summer. Prepare the soil well, choosing a fertile, open site in full sun. Sow seeds thinly in shallow, 1cm (½in) deep, rows and cover lightly with soil. Thin seedlings when large enough to handle to 15cm (6in) apart.

Alternatively, sow seeds thinly in large pots filled with multi-purpose compost, including peat free media. Thin seedlings to 10cm (4in) apart when large enough to handle.

Growing Dill at Home

Growing Dill

Do not allow soil or compost to dry out. Water plants regularly, especially during hot, dry summers, but do not over water.

Support plants with garden canes or twiggy sticks to prevent them toppling over in a gust of wind.

health benefits of dill

Avoid growing dill near fennel, as the two can cross breed resulting in undesirable seedlings with poor flavour.

Hoe around plants to prevent weeds from competing or smothering the growth of dill.

How to store dill 

To store fresh dill, you first want to lightly spritz the leaves with fresh water, wrap the sprigs loosely in a paper towel, and then place them in a zip-top plastic bag.

Store the dill in the vegetable drawer of your fridge for up to 1 week. For longer storage, you can also freeze fresh dill by rinsing and then placing the sprigs in a single layer on a cookie sheet in the freezer.

Once frozen, transfer the sprigs to a freezer-safe bag and return to the freezer for up to 6 months for best flavor.

Frozen dill can be used in cooking without thawing first. Dried dill and dill seeds should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for 6 months to 1 year.

2 thoughts on “The Power of Herbs – Part I – Dill Health Benefits”

  1. this is so true, dill is just fantastic in a salad

    A great tip for you Ivan is you can freeze it and sprinkle it onto a salad frozen it defrosts immediately.

    so good with creme fresh ….

  2. funny Ivan, ive been harping on about how great Dill is for years

    Dill is very popular in eastern europe, not so much here i can be hard enough to get in stores in west london, well fresh dill anyhow

    Great for eyesight my mother always said

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