SERVING SIZE: 1/16 tsp
SPECIES: Anethum graveolens
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
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 SystemDill 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 & DigestionDill 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.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Dill Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences 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.
Here are the herbal actions of Dill:
ANTISPASMODICHerbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, colic or IBS.
APPETIZERHerbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.
CARMINATIVEStimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
STOMACHICAn 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.
Cleanse and Detox:
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Heart & Circulation:
VASODILATORA 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.
ANTIMICROBIALAn 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.
ANTIPYRETICReduces a fever / febrifuge.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs 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.
Lung and Sinus:
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
NERVINEHerbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
Skin Care & Beauty:
DIAPHORETICAn herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.
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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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Yes, the seeds are more aromatic though.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
BonesAches & Pains - General, Muscle cramps
Blood and CirculationCandida / Yeast Infection / Thrush, High Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance, Pins and Needles Hands and Feet, Staph infection, Water Retention
SkinCellulite, Dry skin, Puffy / swollen skin, Thick, cool skin
Respiratory HealthClear mucus, Difficulty expectorating, Large amounts of mucus, Mucus Congestion, Mucus/congestion in mornings, Pneumonia, Thick mucus, White mucus
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Tired in morning
Weight LossFat back of arms, Fat on back, Fat on buttocks, Fat on thighs, Feel overweight
DigestionFrequent Burping, Slow, heavy digestion, Tired after eating
Cleanse and DetoxGeneral Malaise
Reproductive HealthInsufficient Breast Milk
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.