Peucedanum graveolens. N.O. Compositae.
Synonym ► Dill Fruit, Dill Seed, Eneldo.
Habitat ► Waste places ; also seen growing wild in gardens.
Features ► Stem erect, smooth, channeled, covered with exuded glaucous matter. Leaves alternate, twice pinnate. Flowers in June, terminal umbels. Fruits very small, compressed oval, marked on back in three ridges, with three dark lines (oil cells) between. Taste is distinctive, but recalls caraway.
The Indian Dill differs from our European variety in the essential oil contained in the seeds.
Part used ► Dried ripe fruits.
Action ► Carminative, stomachic, diaphoretic.
The well-known and widely used Dillwater is a sound remedy for children’s digestive disorders, particularly wind in stomach or bowels. Dose, 1 to 8 drachms. The oil is also given in 1 to 5 drop doses.