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
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.*
3. Reduce Joint Inflammation
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.