Dill pickles are really great, especially on a hamburger. Dill bread, and fresh dill in a salad are really delicious for any summer picnic. But did you know that dill isn’t just for cooking? It is actually considered one of the Super Herbs as far as health benefits go.
This lacey plant is actually tougher than it looks. It helps to prevent cramps and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce the pain with rheumatoid arthritis, gout and other painful maladies. It also helps to remove excess gas, and assists in removing toxins, excess salt and water from the body through increasing urination. It is also one of the herbs that is being studied in cancer prevention and treatments.
Got bad breath? Believe it or not, dill acts as a breath freshener, and an added benefit is that it helps to kill germs that effect the gums. Got a cold or allergies? Use dill to relieve the congestion. Got a cut or burn? Dill helps to keep the infection down. Hiccups? Dill works to cure them. Can’t sleep? Dill will help.
With all these uses for dill, accompanied by the beauty of the plant, it is well worth the garden space to grow some. Sow dill seed approximately ¼” deep and water. Within 10 to 14 days, you will start to see the plants emerge. Once they are up, thin to about one foot apart, or a little more. Dill loves water, so keep it moist – but not soaked. To insure you have plenty for the season, sow two weeks apart for about six weeks. If you leave that area undisturbed, dill will reseed and bless you with more the next year. Since it grows to about 4 feet in height, plant it in the middle or back of your garden. But unless you are planting onions, don’t use it as a companion plant. Most plants don’t like it, and it may look fragile, but it’s capable of wiping out your carrot crop!