By Kimberly Daun, Certified Aromatherapist
I was super blessed to have had 4 enjoyable pregnancies, outside of the awful first trimester. That first trimester I was constantly nauseous. I know people crave odd foods when they’re pregnant, for me, the only thing I could keep down was pickles! I remember one day when I was taking my 2 and 3 year olds to playgroup, I was sick but so hungry at the same time. The thought of pickles made me salivate so I took a little detour and got the biggest jar of pickles the grocery store had. I then sat in the car and proceeded to eat every single pickle, even drinking some of the juice! I remember how shocked I was that not only did I keep it all down, but it helped to settle my stomach. As I began learning about herbs and essential oils it made so much sense to find out that Dill Weed is one of the most recommended essential oils for an upset stomach.
Dill is such a great addition to any garden as it attracts ladybugs, who eat aphids, making it wonderful tool for organic gardening. You can also harvest Dill leaves at any point during the year. I do container gardening yeararound (I often bring the containers inside during the winter) and my boys just love being able to pick off, eat, and enjoy the plants all year. It helps to keep their digestive system balanced. I also keep a roller bottle of Tummy All Better (which has a main ingredient of Dill Weed) for the upset stomach that often accompanies seasonal illness. In ancient Greek and Roman Cultures, Dill was seen as a sign of wealth. Soldiers would apply it to their wounds to help promote healing. The Conqueror Charlemagne used to provide Dill on his tables to help those guests who may have indulged in a bit too much food at his banquets. 
To get the essential oil all aerial parts of the plant are steam distilled. Plant Therapy currently sources our Dill Weed Essential Oil right here in the USA. Although it is best known for digestive support there are many other uses. It is helpful with head tension, ease symptoms associated with a normal menstrual cycle, and encourage restful sleep.  Dill helps to calm, balance emotions, ground, and promote emotional harmony.  My top five uses for Dill are:
Massage on abdomenal area.
Sleep Diffuser Blend
Massage on temples and down the back of the neck.
Grounding Diffuser Blend
What do you use Dill Weed Essential Oil for?
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