Dill Seed Benefits, How To Use, Side Effects, Ayurveda Details

Dill seed is an ancient Indian spice. Its seeds, seed oil and whole plant is used in Indian culinary. It is mainly used in digestive disorders. It is also called as Indian Dill.

Botanical name: Anethum sowa / Peucedanum graveolens
Family: Umbelliferae
Dill seed
Hindi name: Soyo
English name: Dill, Dil, Dill plant, Indian Dill
Telugu name: Sadapa Vittulu
Tamil name: Satakuppi
Bengali name: Saluka
Marathi name: Shepu
Gujarati name: Suva
Kannada name: Its seeds are called Shataapu and the plant is called Sabbasige soppu
Arabian name: Shibith

Sanskrit synonyms:
Shatahva, Shatapushpa – having numerous flowers
Chatra – inflorescence has umbrella shape

Classical categorization:
Asthapanopaga – herbs that are used in decoction enema therapy
Anuvasananopaga – herbs that are used in oil enema therapy

Dill medicinal qualities:
Rasa (taste) – Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter)
Guna (qualities) – Laghu (light to digest), Teekshna (piercing, enters deep tissues)
Vipaka (taste conversion after digestion): Katu (pungent)
Veerya (potency): Ushna (hot)
Effect on Tridosha: Balances Vata ad Kapha. It increases Pitta.

Dill health benefits:
Dill - health benefits - Ayurveda

Deepani – improves digestion strength
Useful in
Jvara – fever
Diseases of Kapha and Vata predominance
Vrana – non healing wounds
Shoola – abdominal colic pain
Akshi Roga – eye disorders
Akshivrana – ulcers in the eye
Bastikarma – enema Panchakarma therapy

Dill leaves
Vrushya – natural aphrodisiac
Rudhira Gulmajit – useful in uterine fibroids,
Vataghna – balances Vata
Stanya – acts as galactogogue
Pittakrut – increases Pitta
Ruchidayaka – improves taste of food.

Dill plant recipe is given to lactating mother to improve breast milk secretion.

Shatapushpa in enema therapy:
In almost all the enema therapy (Basti karma), Shatapushpa kalka (paste of Dill seed) is used as a necessary ingredient. It aids in digestion and transferring of phyto-chemicals of the enema into the system of the patient. Enema therapy is usually done to achieve Vata balance and Shatapushpa mitigates Vata.

Ayurvedic medicines with Shatapushpa:
Narayan oil – useful pain relieving massage oil
Gorochanadi GUlika – used in cough, cold, asthma, bronchitis etc.
Maharasnadi kashaya – Useful to relieve inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis etc.
Maha Laxadi oil – useful in sciatica, spondylosis etc.

Dill seed side effects:
Over-dosage may cause Pitta increase, burning sensation, worsening of gastritis.
It is not indicated in conditions with Pitta dominance, like gastritis.
It is best to avoid its use during menstrual periods.

Shatapushpa dose:
Powder – 1 – 3 grams per day
Dill seed oil – 1 – 3 drops
Dill leaves – used as food.

External application:
Paste prepared with dill seeds along with Tagara, licorice, Kushta  and sandalwood and ghee is used to apply externally to relieve headache, shoulder and back pain. Reference: Charaka Samhita Rajayakshma Chikitsa.

Dil oil is used as ingredients in syrups to improve digestion strength, such as Bio-sal Syrup.

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  1. Victor says:

    Thanks for article!

    I am also interested in the properties of dill and fennel!
    Could you answer, please, what is the source of sanskrit text?

  2. Philip says:

    Very informative and useful

    • Sipho Mvelase says:

      I read an article talking about using dill seeds to improve memory to pass exams and promotion . How true is this and how is applied? I have bought Indian Dill Seeds as the avaialble one in my country SA

  3. Srividhya says:

    Dear doctor, how should dill be used to increase breast milk? If leaves are not available, can seeds be used? Please give method of usage and normal dosage
    Thanks for all the info you provide.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dill seed powder – 1 teaspoon 2 times a day with a cup of milk for 1 month is useful.

  4. saroj Kumar says:

    Thanks for your noble services. Very useful article. God bless you.

  5. Rasik Shiroya says:

    I want to establish a Suva oil extraction plant .
    Is there market for it?

  6. Rasik Shiroya says:

    How many quantity requires at national and international level? How we can contact requires person?

  7. Bhargavi says:

    Sir, can we give this to 9 year old boy to increase stamina. will it increase stamina. What other ways sata kuppi helpful? Who can consume this? Is this the same as flax seed?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is different than flax seed.
      half a teaspoon of dill seed can be given per day, for 2 weeks time to increase stamina.

  8. Alex George says:

    How we can ground it clearly. We roast it and ground it mixer however the balance is too much and how can we crush it completely. or there is any other way to consume it. wife is using it along with Kashya. .

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, mild roasting and putting in mixer is fine. You need not turn it into very fine powder.
      You can even just pound it in mortar and pestle and use it as it is.

  9. magy maxy says:

    Thanks for the information, please how do i use dill leaf to increase milk supply cause i can’t find the seed where i live.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dill leaves can be used as any vegetable. It can be made into chutney / sabji along with other vegetables and consumed on daily basis. 10 – 15 grams per day.

  10. Superna Sharma says:

    Dear Sir can eating dill seeds by a new mother help the baby with colic problems.

  11. Superna Sharma says:

    Kindly advise any precautions l need to take with my food and if sounf and ajwain also need to be used. Please also advise how to use these herbs.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Eat meals that is prepared fresh and hot in condition.
      You can use sounf and ajwain.

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