Dill tea has been known to many generations since ancient times. It was a favored remedy for colic in children, as well as for indigestion in older people. The dill is reputed to be one of the oldest known culinary herbs. In fact, it is still used to a great degree in the culinary dishes of many cuisines around the world. Dill is also used in the manufacture of herbal medications.
The dill is an annual aromatic herb that grows up to a height of about thirty inches. The plant has feathery leaves borne on an erect stem and bears a large number of yellow colored flowers in umbels on the stem. The dill grows best in places that are exposed to sunlight, and have cold climates.
Dill has a sweetly pungent and sharp taste. The dill leaves usually impart a wonderful flavor to green salads and to fish dishes. Dill seeds are often used to flavor vegetables, meat stews, various sauces, and some breads.
Dill seeds contain volatile oil, flavonoids, coumarins and triterpenes. Dill leaves (weed), on the other hand, contain carvone, limonene and monoterpenes.
To make dill tea, infuse 2 teaspoons of mashed dill seeds in 1 cup of boiling water. Allow the mix to steep for 10 minutes. Drink up to three cups of dill tea a day.
The following are some health benefits attributed to dill tea:
- May help soothe the stomach and improve digestion.
- May also help stop flatulence.
- May help ease colic in infants and children.
- May help stop diarrhea.
- May help fight bad breath.
- May help in the treatment of cough, colds and flu.
- May help alleviate menstrual pain.