Dill oil has at least 10 different aromatic compounds. The dill seed oil and dill weed oil have different chemical compositions, which vary according to geographical location, time of harvest, growth condition and isolation procedure.5
Dill seed oil's chemical constituents are limonene, -pinene, -Terpinene, decanal, terpinene-4-ol, -elemene, cis-Dihydrocarvone and caryophyllene, trans-hydrocarone, carvone and dillapiole. For dill weed oil, the principal constituents are carvone, limonene, ±-phellandrene and 3,7-dimethyl-4,5,6,7-tetrahydro coumaran. Dill weed oil is milder than dill seed oil because it has less carvone and more ±-phellandrene. Dill seed is an annual herb produced in many countries worldwide. The herb that grows up to 90 cm has slender stems and bear yellow flowers. The dill seeds are utilized for the extraction of essential oil through steam distillation process. The resultant dill seed oil is clear to pale yellow liquid with watery consistency, and fresh, sweet, slightly spicy fragrance. The dill seed oil is known for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antioxidant,decongestive, galactogogue, digestive, sedative and other properties responsible for reducing pain, alleviating inflammation, preventing fungal, bacterial & microorganism growth, etc.
Dill oil is known for its disinfectant properties. Added in food items, it protects them from getting spoiled from infection by microbes.
Dill seeds have been in use as a remedy to facilitate digestion for thousands of years. This digestive property of dill seeds comes from its essential oils. Dill oil promotes digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive juices like gastric juices, acids, and bile in the stomach. Its aroma also stimulates the salivary glands and thus aids in the primary digestion of the food in the mouth.
Side Effects & Safety
Dill is LIKELY SAFE when consumed as a food. Dill is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth as a medicine.
When applied to the skin, dill can sometimes cause skin irritation. Fresh dill juice can also cause the skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. This might put you at greater risk for sunburns and skin cancer. Avoid sunlight. Wear sunblock and protective clothing outside, especially if you are light-skinned.