Medicinal properties of dill and contraindications for use
Dill needs no introduction. The spicy herb came from antiquity, praised by Hippocrates and appreciated in the modern cuisine of the peoples of the world. The plant is prized for the aroma of all parts and is used fresh, dried and pickled throughout. Its outstanding properties are used in folk and traditional medicine. Like any medicinal plant, along with medicinal properties, dill also has contraindications for use..
Why is dill useful?
All parts of dill, including the root, contain many nutrients the body needs in a ready-to-digest form. So, the leaves contain up to 242 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of mass. Additionally, the whole group of vitamins B, E, rutin and niacin is present.
The content in the leaves and stems of trace elements phosphorus and iron makes them an elixir for the digestive system. But in addition to exclusive substances, the green part of the plant is rich in all trace elements, biologically active substances, flavonoids. The aroma of dill is felt at a distance, thanks to essential oils, which contain up to 6% of the weight of the green mass.
Dill seeds contain a unique composition that includes 14 trace elements and bioactive substances. Moreover, the content of useful components is much higher than in the leaves..
Such a concentrated content of elements necessary for the body is used for medical purposes. Moreover, all parts of the plant at any stage of development are curative. It is easier to list which vitamins are not present in dill, it is so rich in useful micro-additives.
The use of dill in traditional medicine
All parts of the plant are used to prepare medicines. The beneficial properties of dill are presented in dosage forms:
- infusions and decoctions;
- teas, lotions;
- powders and ointments;
- essential oil.
Prescription drugs are made using a certain dosage of the plant in the treatment of various ailments. Stems, seeds, roots are separate compounds used according to their own recipes. Dill grown without the use of chemicals in its beds has all the necessary qualities. The main thing is to learn how to use the plant correctly for personal recovery..
When dried, dill loses some of its beneficial properties. For the preparation of decoctions and infusions at home, it is better to use frozen herbs. You can buy dill seeds, dill oil and dill water at the pharmacy. In various herbal preparations, the dried greens of this plant are often present as a component. If needed, the dried leaf can be purchased from grocery stores where it is sold as a condiment..
The use of infusions, decoctions of dill is prescribed for problems associated with diseases:
- respiratory organs and colds;
- cardiovascular, with high blood pressure;
- gastrointestinal, with low acidity;
- cleansing systems of the liver and kidneys;
- nervous system.
Outwardly, in the form of ointments and lotions, the drug is used for skin diseases and injuries, as eye lotions for conjunctivitis. However, you need to know that not everyone can use dill for medicinal purposes. The benefits and harms of dill depend on the state of the body. You can not use dill medicines for those suffering from low blood pressure, pregnant women due to the threat of miscarriage, and those who have individual intolerance.
The restriction in admission concerns medicinal preparations, as seasoning in reasonable quantities of dill can be used by everyone.
Uses for the treatment of dill seeds and stems
The therapeutic effect of dill seeds is based on the presence of essential oils, fats, and resins in it. This composition helps to cleanse and heal wounds. All medicinal forms are made from seeds, including alcohol tinctures. Use a decoction of seeds is recommended for stones in the gallbladder. For the same purpose, a composition in the form of a powder is used..
- Dill seeds are effective in combating flatulence.
- The use of warm infusions for cystitis disinfects the pathways and relieves the patient, providing a diuretic effect.
- Taking a decoction of seeds alleviates the patient’s condition with cramps of the limbs.
- The use of dill powder for weight loss is due to the fact that it reduces appetite.
- Dill water helps to relieve colic in the tummy in babies, gas passes more easily, and the spasm relieves, but not for long.
The use of dill stems is based on the concentration of useful substances in them that improve vascular tone. Therefore, they are a drug for hypertensive patients. Concurrently present in the stems, substances help increase the fluidity of the blood, helping the heart to cope with pumping.
An infusion of dill roots is no less useful. It has a beneficial effect on digestion, reduces metabolism, strengthens the heart. In addition, it is the root infusion that improves lactation in mothers. It also has a beneficial effect on hypertensive patients, gently lowering blood pressure..
Ancient healers believed that the use of dill impairs vision. Modern doctors have given an explanation for this phenomenon. It turns out that when dill is consumed, the vessels supplying the eyes with blood expand, and a person begins to see poorly. But after a while, vision is restored, there are no residual effects.
The use of dill for cosmetic purposes
The use of dill for cosmetic procedures has a beneficial effect on the condition of the skin. Acne disappears, pores tighten. Cosmetologists advise using toning masks, massage with ice cubes from dill water, or rubbing with broth. Dill ointment made from internal pork fat and dill seed powder helps to get rid of insects in the head. A decoction of dill seeds is used to get rid of worms in humans.
Despite the mass of useful properties of medicinal compositions from dill, it must be remembered that these are dosage forms. This means that medications can be used only after consulting a doctor in the absence of contraindications for use. Eating a spice in food does not cause negative consequences if a person does not have an allergic reaction to dill.