Dill Weed and HealthDill weed contains the carminative agent, carvone, which has a calming effect and aids with digestion by relieving intestional gas. Romans considered dill good luck and also used it as a tonic.
A couple of centuries ago, parents would give dill seeds to children to chew during church services to keep them quiet and alert during long sermons. This usage caused them to be called "meetin' seeds."
The seeds are also high in calcium, with 1 tablespoon providing an equivalent of 1/3 cup of milk.
Dill is said to promote lactation in nursing mothers and has been historically used as a weak tea given to babies to ease colic, encourage sleep, and get rid of hiccups.
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