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19 Excellent Uses for Dill Essential Oil

Dill Essential Oil

Dill essential oil is steam distilled from the seeds or stems and leaves of dill plants, known botanically as Anethum graveolens. Dill seed essential oil and dill weed essential oil have very similar active constituents. They both contain limonene, d-carvone and a-phellandrene, along with a few other compounds.

Dill seed oil is higher in limonene and carvone, commonly 10% higher, but lower in a-phellandrene. Both types of essential oils are used to treat digestive issues, allergies, inflammation, edema, high cholesterol and more.

These oils have antifungal, antihistamine, anti-hypercholesterolaemic, antihyperlipidaemic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, galactogogue, sedative, stomachic and sudorific therapeutic properties.

1. Fight Free Radicals

Mix 1 to 2 drops of dill essential oil into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and use it to moisturize your skin to fend off free radical damage. You can use it twice a day. For all-over free radical damage protection, add 8 to 10 drops of the dill/carrier oil blend to a hot bath.

Add 1 to 2 drops of chamomile essential oil to the blend for additional benefits. Use a light carrier oil like abyssinian oil, babassu oil or rosehip seed oil for bath oils.

Dill oil aromatherapy also imparts antioxidant benefits. Add 4 drops of dill oil and 4 drops of your favorite citrus oil to the diffuser for an uplifting, antioxidant aromatherapy treat.

2. Smooth Wrinkles

Wrinkles

Use the 1% to 2% dill EO/carrier oil blend as a moisturizer for your facial skin, throat and chest to eliminate wrinkles and slow the signs of aging. You can add chamomile, lavender oil or citrus oil to this blend, too. Any carrier oil you like is fine.

Argan oil is a nice, light carrier oil that’s excellent for wrinkle reduction. Jojoba is great, too. It’s a little heavier. Kukui nut oil is my new favorite carrier.

It has loads of skin benefits that enhance the therapeutic properties of any essential oil. Rosehip oil is a light, fast-absorbing carrier oil with wonderful skin-rejuvenating properties.

*Dill weed oil is light yellow and has a fresh, spicy fragrance. Dill seed oil is yellow to tan and has a warm, earthy, herbaceous scent.*

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

3. Reduce Joint Inflammation

Inflammation - Joint or wrist pain

Use the 1% to 2% dill oil blend to improve joint health and relieve joint stiffness. Apply the blend on stiff joints once or twice a day. You can also take a hot bath with dill bath oil added to the water for all-over relief.

4. Soothe Sore, Cramping Muscles

Use a 2% to 5% dill oil/carrier oil blend to soothe muscle spasms. You can also put 5 to 10 drops of a dill bath oil in a hot bath for all-over relief.

5. Reduce Cholesterol Levels

Artery blocked with cholesterol

Massage a 5% dill essential oil/carrier oil blend into your skin then add 5 drops of dill bath oil to a hot bath and take a relaxing soak. Dill oil has been clinically proven to significantly reduce cholesterol levels due to its antihypercholesterolaemic and antihyperlipidaemic properties.

6. Improve Digestion

Improve digestion or appetite

Practice dill EO aromatherapy to improve digestion. It tones and stimulates the digestive tract by increasing bile secretion and peristalsis. Simply add 4 to 6 drops of dill oil and 1/4 cup of distilled water to your diffuser and run it at meal time.

Your favorite citrus oil can be added to the diffuser, too, for an even more effective aromatherapy session. Citrus oils like tangerine essential oil and petitgrain essential oil are also good for improved digestion. You can massage the abdomen with a 1% to 2% dill oil/carrier oil blend to improve digestion, too.

*A 1% to 2% dilution rate (1 to 2 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use of dill essential oil. Stronger dilutions of 5% or 6% can be used for up to two weeks at a time.*

7. Reduce Bloating and Gas

Enjoy dill oil aromatherapy to reduce abdominal bloating and gas. Massaging the abdomen with a 1% to 2% blend or taking a hot bath with 5 to 10 drops of dill bath oil can help with this, too.

You can ingest 1 drop of dill oil for relief as well. Dill oil can be added to a vege capsule along with 1 drop of olive oil and swallowed or you can blend 1 drop of dill oil into your food.

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8. Alleviate Harmful Bacteria and Fungi in the Digestive Tract

Bacterial infection

Massage the abdomen with a 5% dill oil/carrier oil blend twice a day to get rid of bacterial infections in the digestive tract. Dill has been clinically proven to kill harmful bacteria and fungi like Escherichia coli and Candida albicans. Taking 1 drop with a meal will also help with this issue.

9. Eradicate Vaginal Yeast Infections

Use dill essential oil to eradicate vaginal yeast infections. Mix the dill oil into unrefined or unfractionated, virgin coconut oil at the rate of 1 to 2 drops of dill oil per teaspoon of coconut oil. Put 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the blend into each reservoir of an ice cube tray.

Chill it in the refrigerator until it solidifies. Insert one dill/coconut oil suppository into the vagina once or twice a day. Both dill oil and coconut oil have wonderful anti-fungal properties.

You can increase the dilution rate, if necessary. Vaginal yeast infections can be stubborn. Make sure it doesn’t cause any sensitivity, though, before you increase the strength.

As a general rule of thumb, you want to use the lowest essential oil dilution rate possible to achieve the desired effects.

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10. Get Rid of Oral Yeast Infections (Thrush)

Add 1 to 2 drops of dill oil to an 8-ounce glass of tepid water and gargle with it to get rid of oral yeast infections. Gargle several times a day for best results.

11. Treat or Prevent Fungal Infections

Apply a 1% to 5% dill oil/carrier oil blend to the skin to treat or prevent fungal infections. If you have an existing fungal infection, like athlete’s foot or ringworm, apply the dill oil twice a day after washing and drying the area.

After the infection is gone, you can apply a mild dill oil/carrier oil blend once a day after you shower to help prevent new fungal infections.

*Apply a small amount of a 2% dill oil/carrier oil blend to an inconspicuous area andwait for at least a few hours to see if you get a reaction before you begin using it all over.*

12. Treat or Prevent Bacterial Infections in Wounds

Use a 1% to 5% dill essential oil/carrier oil blend to treat or prevent bacterial infections in wounds and sores. Apply it to the wound up to several times a day.

13. Treat or Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Massage a 1% to 5% dill EO/carrier oil blend into the lower abdominal area over the bladder and on your lower back from your waist down to treat urinary tract infections.

For best results, apply it twice a day. A warm bath with 5 to 10 drops of dill bath oil or a sitz bath with a few drops of the bath oil added can also help get rid of UTI’s.

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14. Get Rid of Excess Water Weight

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Apply a 1% to 2% dill oil/carrier oil blend to the skin in any areas where excess fluids tend to build up. It will help reduce edema by causing you to sweat and increasing urine output. A warm dill oil bath or dill aromatherapy can also help reduce excess water weight.

15. Calm Allergic Reactions

Sinus or allergy relief

Practice dill oil aromatherapy to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Its natural antihistamine properties will help prevent allergic reactions.

You can also massage a 1% to 2% dill oil/carrier oil blend into the chest and throat for relief from coughing. Its anti-spasmodic properties will quickly soothe the muscle spasms and quiet coughs.

16. Include in Diabetes Treatment

Practice dill essential oil aromatherapy to help control blood glucose levels. You can also apply a 1% to 2% dill oil/carrier oil blend to the skin for this benefit.

*Do not ingest dill essential oil if you are taking diabetes medications.*

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17. Reduce Stress Levels

Enjoy dill essential oil aromatherapy for 30 to 60 minutes to calm down when your stress level gets too high.

18. Soothe Anxiety

Use dill essential oil aromatherapy to soothe anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety while you are away from home, you can keep the essential oil bottle with you and take a few inhales directly from it when you begin to feel anxious.

19. Treat Insomnia

Insomnia or sleeplessness

Take a hot bath with 5 to 10 drops of dill bath oil before bed to relax so you can fall asleep quickly and get a good night’s rest. Dill EO aromatherapy can also help alleviate insomnia.

Was this list helpful to you? I was surprised by how many great uses there are for dill essential oil. I love dill in dips and it is great for making pickles but I didn’t know it could actually reduce seasonal allergies and cholesterol levels.

This is one of the less expensive oils, too. It generally costs between $10 and $20. It’s a good one to have on hand.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list is helpful and share your own personal experiences. We can all learn from each other’s experiences with dill weed and dill seed essential oils and continue to add to the on-going list of their great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this essential oil.

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About the author

Reannan Raine

Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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