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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

DILL


Latin Name: Anethum graveolens

Alternate Names: Aneto, Dilly

Family: APIACEAE

Parts Used: Seeds (most often used in medicine). Leaves and seeds as a culinary herb.

Properties: Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Aromatic, Carminative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Digestive Tonic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Galactagogue, Sedative, Stimulant, Stomach Tonic.

Internal Uses: Colic, Flatulence, Halitosis, Hiccups, Hyperacidity, Indigestion, Insomnia, Nightmares, Pulmonary Edema, Stomachache

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Chew and swallow the seeds as a breath freshener. Dill seed tea is considered an excellent children's remedy, given for colic, stomachaches and nightmares.

Topical Uses: Hemorrhoids, Insomnia, Lice

Topical Applications: Tea applied to kill head lice and to treat hemorrhoids. Essential oil to scent soaps and perfumes. The seeds can be made into a sachet and placed in the pillow to help lull a person to sleep.

Culinary uses: Pickles, bread, beans, seafood dishes, beets, potatoes, cucumbers, egg dishes, sauerkraut, vinegars. Use liberally in salt-free diets.

Energetics: Pungent, Warm.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil containing limonene, phellandrine and carvone. Leaves are rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium.

Comments: Dill is a native of India, Iran, the Mediterranean region and South Russia. The Latin name Anethum graveolens means 'heavy scented'. The name Dill is a corruption of an old Norce word dylla, meaning to 'soothe' 'or 'lull'. Dill seed was an ancient ingredient in love potions. It was also made into a formula called Gripe Water.
Among early American settlers, Dill seeds were referred to as 'meetin' seed' and given to small children to chew and keep them calm during long church sermons. Adults used them to keep their stomachs from rumbling.

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