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Dill Seed, Oregano, Marjoram, and Thyme

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dill seed

Dill is a classic culinary herb in the same family as celery. Native to all over Eurasia it is grown and used widely. Both the foliage and the seeds have medicinal value.the plant grows between 16-24 inches tall though I have personally stood next to 5 foot tall specimens. The name “dill” is found in most Germanic languages with no older root words known.Dill is wonderful for digestion, so much so that Russian cosmonauts (astronauts) to ask for it during spaceflight due to the closed quarters they would be in. Learning that factoid left me wondering how bad Russian men’s farts are, not gonna lie.In many areas dill was used medicinally in ages past for digestion and other ailments. Such that there is active research today to determine how many of these uses are actually effective.Research is looking into how effective dill is for urinary issues, cholesterol, sleeping issues, fevers and more.In aromatherapy dill seed oil is useful for increasing milk production, easing digestion (topical), and reducing anxiety.

Uses:

Diffused;

Nervous tension, colic, indigestion.

Topically;

Digestion, flatulence, constipation, hiccups, wound healing, increasing lactation.

Cautions:

Pregnant women should avoid due to galactagogue properties.

Oil is too strong for topical application to treat colic in babies.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.

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oregano

Marjoram’s twin in the garden and the field. Their flavor profiles differ quite a bit in the kitchen though, oregano is considered almost spicy in nature. The plant grows from 6 inches to 2 feet in height and will spread widely if conditions allow.Oregano is native to the Mediterranean, Southwestern and Western Eurasia but unlike many other plants was not spread due to trade but rather soldiers returning from WW2. The name oregano can be broken down and translated as “brightness of the mountain”. Like marjoram the plant does not do well with frost and should be grown in a pot that can brought inside if you live in a zone that gets winter freezes. This herb is one that benefits from the drying process, many herbs lose or change their flavour during drying, oregano on the other hand gains more flavour when dried. It is said that oregano is preferred in the south of Italy while marjoram is preferred in the north. Oregano is used in Filipino cuisine, all over the Mediterranean, Latin America, and especially Argentina.In aromatherapy oregano oil is useful for minor infections both topically and diffused, regulates menstruation, and reducing inflammation.

Uses:

Diffused;

Respiratory infections, cough, bronchitis, phlegm.

Topically;

Arthritis, digestion, infections.

Cautions:

Skin irritant, use at high dilution.

Mucus membrane irritant, use at high dilution.

May be toxic to embryo’s, avoid during pregnancy.

Possibility of drug interactions.

Do not use around young children.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.

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marjoram

Marjoram can look similar to oregano to the untrained eye but I assure they are in fact separate plants with their own medicinal profiles.The plant is native to Turkey and Cypress but has obviously spread much further due to (wait for it) trade. Greeks and Romans considered the plant a symbol of happiness. The plant is a perennial and a member of the mint family like many other culinary/medicinal herbs. It will typically grow to 1-2 feet in height and happily spread further. In colder climates it must be grown as an annual because it will die due to too much frost damage.The primary difference between marjoram and oregano in food is their distinctly different flavour profiles. Marjoram is woodsy and floral, while oregano is spicy and pungent.In the garden the blooms are useful for attracting butterflies and other beneficial insects to the garden.In aromatherapy marjoram essential oil is good for minor infections, muscle pain, and improving cognitive function overall.

Uses:

Topical;

aches, sprains, fungal infections, antibacterial.

Diffuser;

helps relieve inflammation in the airways and clear mucus.

Cautions:

Avoid use during pregnancy.

The oil is generally considered safe and non-irritating however some individuals may still be sensitive.

First Aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.

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thyme

Thyme is a classic herb in many cuisines around the world. in my own kitchen it is a key component to my signature boquet garni of sage, rosemary, and thyme that I use in my french onion soup and tomato sauce (people always ask what I do differently).If you can believe it, thyme was a traditional ingredient in the embalming process used in ancient Egypt.While the ancient Greeks would burn it in their temples and scent their bathes with the herb, the middle ages in Europe would see it used to ward off nightmare by placing it under pillows or in coffins to ensure passage to the afterlife.Growing thyme in the garden is easy if you have a hot, sunny location that drains well. The plant will withstand hard freezes and grows as an evergreen perennial so you only need to plant it once.Once in bloom bees will go crazy over the nectar of any species of thyme, and thyme honey is well valued in parts of the world.In aromatherapy thyme essential oil is useful for infections of all types, regulating blood pressure and menstruation, and boosting immune function.

Uses:

Diffused;

Colds, coughs, asthma, laryngitis, sinusitis, catarrh, whooping cough, sore throats, tonsillitis, memory, concentration, depression, boosts the immune system

Topically;

Arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscular aches, sprains, cellulite, anorexia, edema, scanty periods, leucorrhoea, speed up birth

Cautions:

Oil is very potent, use only at high dilution.

Pregnant women should avoid due to emmenagogue properties.

Can cause mucus membrane irritation.

Can cause skin irritation.

Do not use in cases of high blood pressure.

First aid:

If skin irritation has occurred apply cornstarch or similar to absorb excess.

If gotten in the eye rinse with clear water for 15 min, if irritation persists for more than 30 min seek professional help.

If a pregnant woman has been exposed monitor closely for signs of labour or miscarriage.


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