Dill, also called shepu and suva, is an aromatic, fern like herb, which is great, especially for those who like to eat their way to a healthy life. Not to forget, Dill is a unique plant which is most likely used as a seasoning in salads, pickles and fish recipes. Thin and feathery, with it strong nutritive content and lends its flavour to a number of classic and contemporary recipe profiles. This winter herb aids digestion, cures insomnia, alleviates infections and reduces menstrual problems. Take a look!
Digestive disorders- no more
Essential oils present in delicate dill leaves help in secretion of bile and other juices that promote effective digestion. It helps build up your appetite, cures indigestion, constipation, improves bowel movements and also fungal infections like dysentery. Basically takes care of almost any tummy troubles.
Heart- healthy herb
One of the most positive effects of dill is that on lowering blood cholesterol levels. Dill leaves contain an essential oil known as Eugenol, which helps improve heart health, increases insulin resistance and helps in keeping diabetes under check.
Sleep like a baby
The essential oil from dill leaves have a number of useful properties one of them being that of a sleep inducer. Enzymes released from this plant have a relaxing effect on the brain, helps fights anxiety and stress and really helps you unwind and keep calm.
Cheers with dill shots
Drinking shots of dill and parsley juice mixed together regularly can help ease menstrual pains, streamline irregular monthly cycles and balance hormonal activity to a great extent. The progesterone hormone found in dill is the real hero behind these magic properties.
Dill has a good amount of calcium which automatically makes it great for bone and teeth health. Osteoporosis and the loss of bone mineral density can be kept at bay just by including high calcium food like dill regularly in your diet.
Cautions to use this herb:
- Studies say that in the most rare cases, consuming dill may lead to diarrhea, throat swelling, vomitting etc.
- It is also said that people who are allergic to carrots should avoid dill to prevent any allergic reactions.
- It is not a very recommended herb to use as a medicine, specially breastfeeding women and pregnant women should avoid it.
- This herb can also make you more sensitive towards the sun and cause irritation too.
You know what they say, "Prevention is better than cure" so it's always better to be one step ahead when it comes to health, so make sure you consume this wonderful herb mindfully and carefully!
There are more than a few effective ways to enjoy the sharp brilliant flavour of dill leaves. Chop them up and mix along with hung yogurt and grated cucumber for a refreshing raita or make dill butter and spice up even the most basic toast breakfast. Use it instead of coriander or just add it to any type of stir fry for a very positively different flavour.
Check out some of the ‘dill’icious recipes on sanjeevkapoor.com and tell us how they turn out.
Suva Chicken Stir Fry, Kantola Suva Masala, Beans And Dill Rice, Scandinavian Cucumber And Dill Salad, Cheese And Dill Canapes
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