Leaves of dill are sometimes called dill weed to distinguish it from dill seed. Dill leaves are best used fresh. The flowers are also sometimes used, especially in pickling.
Dill seed can be made into a tea to relieve gas. Simply crack 2 tbsp of seeds lightly with a pestle and pour 2 cups water over them. Let it steep for 1 hour. It is also used to soothe colic in infants. Nursing mothers are sometimes advised by holistic practitioners to drink dill tea to increase lactation and prevent colic in their babies. (Always consult your pediatrician before giving herbs to children and your own physician before using herbs while pregnant or lactating.)
A sprig of dill may also be hung over the baby’s crib for general protection.
It is said that hanging the flower head over the door will protect evil from entering and to wear dill will protect against sorcery. It is also said to attract money.
It was once called “meeting house seed” as people would chew it to stay alert during church services. Dill is soothing to those who are overwhelmed or stressed out.
Dill is used for flavoring dill pickles, not just cucumbers but many different vegetables. It is also tasty on fish and in salad dressings.
It is said that the scent of dill encourages lustful feelings. Fill a cloth with dill leaves, flowers, and seeds and soak with it in a warm tub to make yourself irresistible.
Combine powdered dry dill leaf with equal parts salt and sprinkle this throughout your home to break spells cast against your household, especially those spells designed to cause trouble in your relationships.
The lovely feathery leaves also make a great garnish as does the boldly attractive flower and seed head.
Dill is a good source of calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium