A Conversation with Dill. Wait, what? There's a dill essential oil?
If you’re like me, when you think of dill, you think of pickles. And dill pickle juice. And maybe cocktails. Huh? Using dill pickle juice in cocktails might be a southern thing. I never encountered it until I moved to Texas but I’m all for it. I know of at least one bar here in Austin, Texas that uses dill pickle juice in a cocktail. Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street uses it in a drink called The Jenna, which coincidentally is close to my name, and I love dill pickle juice. Such harmony!
But I digress, I was going to talk about Dill essential oil. Wait, what? Yes, there is a dill essential oil! Sounds like an odd thing. Aren’t essential oils supposed to be heavenly, relaxing, spa-like scents? Well, not exactly. You can make essential oil from a lot of different plants, and they don’t all smell like a spa. Spikenard for example is a hugely beneficial essential oil, but it smells kind of like dirt. Dill essential oil? Well, it smells like dill. Dill with it! Dill essential oil is actually very supportive of your digestive and cardiovascular systems and can help calm the autonomic nervous system. Energetically, Dill is the “oil of Learning”. That’s right, teachers take note, Dill can actually help us learn better by helping us focus, increase alertness, and engage in a classroom setting. Dill essential oil supports the left and right brain in working together harmoniously. *
Here is a diffuser recipe using Dill that you can use in a classroom or near you while studying. We'll call it Study Session and it will be so helpful in creating the optimal environment for focus and learning.
Rosemary is also a good brain-boosting essential oil, and Lemon is uplifting and energizing. Roman Chamomile and Frankincense are calming and grounding. Dill blends well with most citrus oils. Of course, dill is usually thought of as a culinary seasoning. You can add dill essential oil to any dish you want to give a dill flavor to. Use very sparingly as the oil is going to be much stronger than the herb.
I would add just one drop then taste it to see how you like it before going any further. Also, always make sure you use a dill essential oil that is certified therapeutic grade and food grade. Remember that not all brands of oils are safe to ingest.