Dill is one of the oldest culinary herbs. Most people use it for cooking but few are familiar with the benefits of dill tea.
About dill tea
Scientifically called Anethum graveolens, dill is an annual aromatic plant with a special therapeutic value. Its cultivation begun in ancient times and today it is popular throughout the globe. It is also used for manufacturing many herbal remedies and medicines.
Dill tea can be made from seeds or fresh dill leaves, often called “dill weed” to differentiate it from the seeds. The seeds are viable for couple of years.
Dill tea has a sweetly pungent, cooling feeling and it is sharp after taste and has a heavy and lasting flavor. Dill tea has a tender green color.
The plant is a source of proteins, carbohydrates, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium and potassium. It also contains a small amount of riboflavin, niacin and zinc.
Dill tea offers help in cough, cold and flu. Its seeds were believed to benefit various digestive problems. The seed essential oil may relieve intestinal spasms and griping.
Dill seeds contain volatile oil, flavonoids, coumarins and triterpenes. Dill leaves (weed), on the other hand, are rich in carvone, limonene and monoterpenes, carbohydrates, fibers, proteins, vitamins A, C, B complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper.
In traditional medicine, the seeds are recommended for feminine health in order to correct problems related to estrogen level. Dill seeds favors the growth of female secondary features (breast augmentation, pilosity hair growth rate, skin softness) extending the biological female health.
How to brew dill tea
To make dill tea from seeds, use 2 teaspoons of mashed dill seeds in 1 cup of boiling water and let it infuse for 10 minutes. Filter the seeds and your tea is ready to be served – fast and easy.
For therapeutic purposes, you can drink 3 cups a day with 30 min before meals.
To prepare dill weed tea, take 2 teaspoons of dill weed for 1 cup and let it boil in water for approximately 10 minutes. The longer you let the dill tea boil, the more medical benefits you will get.
Benefits of dill tea
Whether it is made from seeds or fresh leaves, dill tea has a long list of health benefits :
Dill tea is popular for controlling flatulence especially when prepared from seeds
This kind of tea is suitable for infants against colic or other ailments such as cough, flu, indigestion, gas, stomachache or insomnia. It also stimulates milk production in nursing mothers.
Dill tea has many other benefits for women. It alleviates menstrual symptoms and pain, sterility or premature menopause.
It is also diuretic and antispasmodic and can be used with success for treating hemorrhoids, jaundice, scurvy, diarrhea, dysentery or respiratory disorders.
Dill tea enhances the bone and dental health being a good source of calcium. It also ensures oral freshness.
Antioxidants in the dill’s tea essential oils contribute to fight against free radicals and cancer.
Dill tea warnings
Dill tea has only few warnings especially in hyperestrogenism, hypermenorea, ovarian cysts, breast lump, benign and malignant tumors or other allergies associated with dill.
Dill tea is suitable for regular consumption, is relaxant and strength giving, but take into consideration the warnings before you drink it.