DILLHealth Benefits & Uses
How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Recipes with Dill: Beet Cleanse Soup (Borscht)
Refreshing and rejuvenating, dill is an herb well loved for its ability to increase enthusiasm. Dill's aromatic quality gives it a clearing and opening nature. As a diaphoretic, it dilates blood vessels, pushing heat to the skin. Dill is also a powerful diuretic that disperses fluids and relieves swelling. It is a useful spring tonic for anabolic (Kapha) individuals.
Dill, Respiratory Tract, & FeversDill opens and clears the sinus passages and, as an expectorant, it liquefies mucus. One client notes, "As soon as I bit into the dill, I felt a swoosh of warmth through my nasal passages." Another client notes that dill warms the head, ears, and chest.
As a diaphoretic, dill increases sweating and is a useful addition to home spa treatments. It is used in combination with cedar for poultices and sweat therapy in Ayurveda. Dill was traditionally used to "sweat out" a fever. Paradoxically, one may feel a cool sensation after eating dill due to rapid heat loss from the surface of the skin.
Dill in the Nervous System
Dill feels light in the mind and relieves tension. It has a stimulating effect on the parietal lobe which is located at the crown of the head. However, its stimulating qualities can be too much for some people. Those with a catabolic (Vata
) nature will find dill overstimulating, and its aromatic qualities can make one feel spaced out, scattered, and ungrounded. Dill is an analgesic herb, meaning it acts as a pain reliever.
Dill & Digestion
Dill is a powerful digestive and appetizer for anyone with cold type indigestion. It increases hunger, appetite, and stimulates digestive strength (agni)
. Its aromatic quality make it a useful antispasmodic for colic in infants.
Dill may be too hot and stimulating for metabolic (Pitta) individuals, leading to churning in the digestive tract and acid reflux. Although dill is heating, its bitter taste tempers the heat. The bitterness of dill makes it useful as a blood and liver cleanser.
Dill's drying qualities may be constipating for some. One client notes, "My stool became more compact each day of eating dill." If the hot qualities of dill prevail, stools may be darker in color and a looser consistency.
Dill seems to lighten the palate. As one client reports, "Dill embodies the taste of freshness with a little kick." It is called shatapushpa in Ayurveda. Dill is a member of the carrot family (apiaceae
) along with parsley, celery, cumin, coriander, asafoetida, ajwain, caraway, and fennel. This family is known for its hot, aromatic, and bitter spices, popular across the world.
Recipes with Dill: Barley Salad with Mint, Dill, Cucumber, Raisins
Dill's aromatic, pungent, and bitter qualities mean it pairs excellently with heavy foods including rich soups, potatoes, cream, butter, or egg based sauces like hollandaise. Dill has a hint of sweetness which has made it popular in french desserts. The tips are more astringent and rough, while the stalk may be more sour.Browse Recipes
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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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SERVING SIZE: 1/16 tsp
SPECIES: Anethum graveolens
Biocharacteristics of Dill
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Upward-moving substances (Urdvha Gati Marga) include anything stimulating or activating, or that move upward in the body.
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Cleanse And Detox, Digestion, Respiratory Health
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Dill
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
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An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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An herb that decongests or dislodges toxins from the body and the lymphatic, transforming or altering fluids to a more healthy state.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.
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Compare Dill with these Foods
Fennel Seeds has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Galactagogue, Stomachic
Mint has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Detoxicant, Nervine, Stomachic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Stimulates-energy
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Digestive, Nervine, Stomachic, Antipyretic, Detoxicant
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Galactagogue, Stomachic, Antipyretic, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Stimulates-energy
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Abortifacient, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Vasodilator
Nigella (black cumin)
Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Vasodilator, Carminative, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy
Cardamom has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Expectorant
Thyme (fresh) has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Detoxicant, Expectorant, Vasodilator
Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Carminative, Galactagogue, Stomachic, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Stimulates-energy
Basil has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Digestive, Nervine, Appetizer, Detoxicant, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic
Compare Dill with these Herb Supplements
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Vasodilator, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Antimicrobial, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Stomachic
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Spleen-tonic, Appetizer, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Vasodilator, Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Abortifacient, Expectorant, Antipyretic, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative
Kushta has these Actions in Common
Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Carminative
Haritaki has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Expectorant, Antimicrobial, Nervine, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Digestive
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Stomachic, Antimicrobial, Vasodilator, Antipyretic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea
Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea has these Actions in Common
Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Galactagogue, Spleen-tonic, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Diuretic, Stomachic, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Burns-toxins, Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Vasodilator, Appetizer
Pushkaramoola has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Carminative
Hops has these Actions in Common
Antipyretic, Carminative, Detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Nervine
Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.
TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Dill may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem.
His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Yes, the seeds are more aromatic though.