Plant Origin: India (but not to be confused with "Indian Dill" which is Anethum sowa)
Method: Steam distilled from weed
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Ketone
Aroma: Fresh, spicy, herbal (like dill pickles)
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# DIL-102
dill ether 3.81%
dihydrocarvone (E) 1.12%
dihydrocarvone (Z) 0.28%
Medication? Contraindicated Orally: Diabetes medication
Dill Weed essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Diabetes (therefore should be used with caution if on diabetes medication)
Digestion (constipation, diverticulitis, dyspepsia, gas, IBS, indigestion, spasms)
Lactation, promotes (per Davis)
Menstrual cramps, pain
Aromatherapy Literature Note
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1 drop orally may help with indigestion and childhood colic. Contraindicated orally if taking diabetes medication (Tisserand/Young page 269).
(See Essential Oil Usage
for more information and a dilution chart
Dilute with a carrier oil
, unscented lotion
or unscented cream
and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator
for ease of application of prediluted oil. Tested at 4% dilution on 25 volunteers, Dill is neither irritating nor sensitizing (Tisserand/Young).
or use a personal Nasal Inhaler
Internal: Dill Weed is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils internally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.
Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD notes that Dill is suitable for casual ingestion in a glass of water for childhood colic and indigestion. For more details, see Schnaubelt's comments on the Oil Usage page.
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1 drop orally may help with indigestion and childhood colic.
Tisserand notes that Dill is contraindicated orally if taking diabetes medication.
Hopewell Essential Oil blend with Dill
Diabetes medication: oral caution
Firoavanti cautions against using Indian Dill for kidney and liver disease and during pregnancy, however, she does not specify the Latin name. Tisserand/Young notes that Anethum sowa is the dill that may be an issue with liver, kidney and pregnancy. The only hazard he reports for Anethum graveolens is the diabetes medication interaction.
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, page 287.
Davis, Patricia, Aromatherapy: An A-Z, 2nd edition, Daniel Company Ltd, 2000. Lawless, J. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 1992.
Fioravanti, Kayla (Certified and Registered Aromatherapist), The Art, Science and Business of Aromatherapy: Your Guide for Personal Aromatherapy and Entrepreneurship, Selah Press, 2011.
Schnaubelt, Kurt PhD, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, page 131-135.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, pages .268-270.
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, page 584.