Dill Seed Essential Oil (Anethum graveolens)
Dill Seed may also be referred to as Dill. It is typically processed in India, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, England and the Americas using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the seeds.
Dill Seed Essential Oil isn't a widely used essential oil within the scope of aromatherapy. However, it's an interesting and beneficial essential oil that deserves a second glance, especially for digestive issues.
Dill Seed Essential Oil is comprised primarily of (+)-carvone, a ketone. d-limonene, a monoterpene, is also a major constituent present within the oil. Please refer to the Uses section below for the potential applications of Dill Seed Essential Oil.
Aromatically, Dill Seed Oil possesses a slightly earthy, fresh, sweet, herbaceous aroma that blends well with essential oils in the citrus, spice, wood and herbaceous families.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): Dill
Synonyms(s) for Anethum graveolens: Angelica graveolens, Ferula graveolens, Pastinaca anethum, Peucedanum anethum, Peucedanum sowa, Selinum anethum
- Botanical Family: Apiaceae
- Botanical Genus: Anethum
- Major Compounds: (+)-Limonene, (+)-Carvone, (E)-Dihydrocarvone, a-Phellandrene, (Z)-Dihydrocarvone
- Perfumery Note: Middle
- Consistency: Watery
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Mild - Medium
- Color: Clear
- Countries of Production: India, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, England and the Americas
- Indigenous Country: Eurasia, perhaps southern Asia
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Seeds
- Ethically and sustainably sourced
- Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Therapeutic Benefits of Dill Seed:
Dill Seed Blends:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Dill Seed:
Tisserand and Young agree with IFRA's 1.2% dermal maximum limit. They precaution that there is a risk of drug interaction when using Dill Seed Oil and that there is a greater risk of skin sensitization if using oxidized Dill Seed Oil topically. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 269.]
Safety Precautions for Dill Seed:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Avoid Dill Seed if:
Don't use dill oil during pregnancy.
History of Dill Seed:
Anethum graveolens is an annual herb with a long history of cultivation since ancient Egyptian times for culinary and medicinal uses (Jana and Shekhawat, 2010).
Dill Seed Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Improved Protocol for Somatic Embryogenesis and Calcium Alginate Encapsulation in Anethum graveolens L.: A Medicinal Herb.
- PubMed: Effects of the Aqueous Extract of Anethum graveolens Leaves on Seizure Induced by Pentylenetetrazole in Mice.
- PubMed: Dill seed extract improves abnormalities in lipid metabolism through peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α) activation in diabetic obese mice.
- PubMed: Anti-fertility effects of different fractions of Anethum graveolens L. extracts on female rats.
- PubMed: Anethum graveolens: An Indian traditional medicinal herb and spice.
- PubMed: The effects of Anethum graveolens L. on female reproductive system.
- PubMed: The antimycobacterial constituents of dill (Anethum graveolens).
- PubMed: Antioxidant activity of the aqueous extracts of spicy food additives--evaluation and comparison with ascorbic acid in in-vitro systems.
- PubMed: Genotoxicity of dill (Anethum graveolens L.), peppermint (Menthaxpiperita L.) and pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) essential oils in human lymphocytes and Drosophila melanogaster.
- PubMed: 9-Hydroxypiperitone beta-D-glucopyranoside and other polar constituents from dill (Anethum graveolens L.) herb.
- PubMed: Elemental analysis of Anethum gravedlens, Sismbrium Irio Linn and Veronia Anthelmintica seeds by instrumental neutron activation analysis.
- PubMed: Anethofuran, carvone, and limonene: potential cancer chemopreventive agents from dill weed oil and caraway oil.
- PubMed: Characterization of mutagenic principles and carcinogenicity of dill weed and seeds.