By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Dill seed is an ancient Indian spice,used abundantly in most parts of the world. Seed oil and whole plants are also used for culinary purpose and medicinal uses.
Sanskrit name – Shatapushpa
Botanical name – Anethum sowa / Peucedanum graveolens.
Ayurveda explains dill as
anti flatulent (vatanulomana),
Anti inflammatory (shothahara) and
a rejuvenation, anti ageing tonic (balya rasayana).
The seeds are used in raw form and also after frying with ghee. This is served as a ‘Mukhvas’ or mouth refresher in restaurants and hotels.This is used as a customary substance in houses during the celebration of festivals like Diwali, Holi, Makara Sankranti etc with the belief that its offering to the God and guests will bring prosperity to the beings as well as the house.
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Ayurveda offers many medicines with dill as ingredient such as –
Shatapushpadi choora etc.
Dill home remedies:
1. Shatapushpa hot infusion in bloating, acid belching, heaviness of abdomen etc:
10 gram of seeds of Shatapushpa are taken and added to 1 cup of hot water. After half an hour this is filtered and served. This relieves gaseous distension of abdomen, acid belching, pain abdomen, tastelessness, heaviness of the abdomen etc.
2. Shatapushpa choorna in abdominal pain and worm infestation of children:
2-3 gram of fine powder of dill seeds are mixed with a pinch of salt and taken along with warm water or buttermilk. This helps to relieve the abdominal pain, pricking sensation in the anal region followed with worm infestation etc found in children.
3. Dill and jaggery in irregular menstruation and headache:
Equal quantity of jaggery and Dill seed powder are taken and pounded well to make into bolus of 2-5 grams. This is taken daily during bed time, before 1 week of expected date of menstruation. This corrects irregular menstruation and the menstrual head ache effectively.
4. Whole plant fine paste in joint pain:
The fresh plant is taken and fine paste is made by grinding. This is warmed a little and applied over the joints.5-6 days medication helps to relieve swelling as well as pain caused in the joints.
5. Dill oil for osteo arthritis/joint pain:
Application of Dil oil (by mixing with sesame oil) over the joints pacifies joint pain significantly.
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6. Sugar candy and Dil seed in cough and sore throat:
3 grams of each of Dill seeds and sugar candy are taken and chewed for 3-5 minutes. This can be repeated 4-5 times in a day. This subsides cough, cold and sore throat.
A simple spice has several health benefits and it is necessary to appreciate the health benefits while preparing the dishes out of these spices.
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