People use dill for digestion problems, liver problems, urinary tract disorders, infections, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
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Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Aging skin. Applying dill seed extract to the skin may reduce the size of skinwrinkles and improve the firmness of skin. But this benefit is probably small. And applying dill doesn't reduce the number of skin wrinkles.
- Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea). Early research shows that taking dill for three days at the start of pain reduces pain in women with menstrual cramps.
- High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia). Early research shows that taking dill by mouth for 6 weeks while following a cholesterol-lowering diet doesn't lower blood fats in people with high cholesterol and clogged heartarteries (coronary artery disease, CAD).
- Labor pain. Early research shows that taking dill seeds at the beginning of active labor might help shorten the duration of labor. But it doesn't seem to reduce labor pain.
- Digestive tract problems.
- Gallbladder problems.
- Intestinal gas (flatulence).
- Liver problems.
- Loss of appetite.
- Sleep disorders.
- Sore mouth and throat.
- Urinary tract problems.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if dill is safe. Dill can cause skin irritation in people with dill allergies. Also, 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.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if dill is safe. Dill can cause skin irritation in people with dill allergies. Also, 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. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It's POSSIBLY UNSAFE to use dill as a medicine if you are pregnant. Dill seed can start menstruation and that might lead to a miscarriage.
There isn't enough reliable information to know if dill is safe to use when breast-feeding. It's best to stick to food amounts.
Allergy to plants in the carrot family: Dill may cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to plants in the carrot family. Some of these include asafoetida, caraway, celery, coriander, and fennel.
Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism): People with underactive thyroid don't make enough thyroid hormone. Taking dill as a medicine seems to lower thyroid hormone levels. This might worsen symptoms in people with underactive thyroid, who already have low levels of thyroid hormone. Don't taking dill as a medicine if you have underactive thyroid.
Surgery: Dill extract might lower blood sugar. There is concern that using dill extract might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking dill extract at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Lithium interacts with DILL
Dill might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking dill might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with DILL
Dill extract might lower blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking dill extract along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Be cautious with this combination
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