Greek Dill Essential Oil
Greek Dill Essential Oil
Common name: European Dill
Latin name:Anethum graveolens
Botanical family:Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Method of extraction:distilled at our organically certified distillery
Plant part used to extract the oil:crashed, dried seeds
Cultivation method: conventional
Area of origin: Chalkidiki, Central Macedonia
Dill is sometimes confused with sweet fennel as the plants look very similar. The most obvious difference is that dill is an annual plant and fennel a perennial.
Dill has been found in the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep II (dating from to around 1400 B.C.!) It was also later found on the Greek island of Samos and dated to around the 7th century BC. Theophrastus (371–287 BC), Aristotle’s successor in the Peripatetic school of philosophy, who is often considered the father of botany for his works on plants, mentions dill in his writings.
Dill is the only species in the genus of Anethum. The generic name Anethum is the Latin form of Greek terms ‘ἄνῑσον’ (‘ánīson’) / ‘ἄνησον’ (‘ánison’) / ‘ἄνηθον’ (‘ánithon’)/ ‘ἄνητον’ (‘ániton’), which meant both 'dill' and 'anise'. The form anīsum came to be used for anise, and anēthum for dill.
Biochemical group:ketone, monoterpene
Main chemical constituents:alpha-phellandrene, carvone, limonene, trans-dihydrocarvone, dill ether, bet-phellandrene, p-cymene, alpha-thujene, cis-dihydrocarvone, alpha-pinene, others
Colour: pale-yellow or colourless
Aroma strength: medium
Aroma: fresh, green, warm, spicy, sweet, slightly camphoraceous reminiscent of caraway and mint
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses:
- Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments dill seed essential oil is associated with the following therapeutic properties:anti-bacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, digestive tonic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, hepatoprotective, hypotensive, stimulant, stomachic
- Qualified aromatherapists may use dill essential oil for common complaints such as:
- digestive - colic, dyspepsia, flatulence and indigestion
- nervous tension and stress related conditions like insomnia, depression, migraine to name a few
- reproductive system issues –dysmenorrhea, to promote lactation
- How we use it:
- Inhalation / Vapourisation:
- We really enjoy blending our dill seed oil with frankincense, lavender or lemon for their calming yet uplifting effect
- Skin applications:
-Dyspepsia and indigestion–dilute in a fixed oil (carrier oil) and gently massage your abdomen in clockwise direction. Try blended with any of the following: our aniseed, sweet fennel, sweet marjoram, sweet orange, peppermint or coriander seed oil.
Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Dill Seed Essential Oil for inhalation or skin application. However, this oil oxidises easily and skin sensitisation may occur. Old or oxidised oils should be avoided. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 'Essential Oil Safety' (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 268.]
Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.
Research and studies:
- Studies on the essential oils of dill herb, Anethum graveolens
- Dill (Anethum graveolens) Oils
- Dill (Anethum Graveolens) Seeds Essential Oil As A Potential Natural Antioxidant And Antimicrobial Agent