Dill weed has it seems has been around for centuries so much so, the plant has a long and old history in numerous nations as a culinary and therapeutic herb. Its existence dates back to at least 5,000 years and for all that time it has been around, it has not lost it usefulness. Botanically known as Anethum graveolens, dill belongs to the same family as parsley and celery, though it is the sole species of its genus.

The origin of dill was limited to West Africa, Southern Russia and the Mediterranean. In addition, records have shown where it was being used to practice medicine for more than 5000 years. It was generally used in aphrodisiacs and it was also said to keep witches away. The Egyptians however found more value in its medicinal components and used it as a soothing remedy. The dill plant was recognized as a symbol of wealth in Greek culture, while the Romans used them to make wreaths to honor their heroes and athletes. It was also considered as a binding agent and soldiers would burn the seeds and apply them to their wounds to assist with the healing process.

Pedanius Dioscorides who happened to be a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist, trusted that dill seeds were utilized to help recuperate injured warriors. It was used on the battlefields as warriors would apply burnt dill seeds to wounds to help them heal.  Warriors who also sustained these wounds also had the expectation that the herb would allow them valor and mettle. Pliny, a verifiable writer of the book “Naturalis Historia,” included data about dill in the segments with respect to colorful plants and flavors. Dill seeds have regularly been classified “meetinghouse seeds” since they were bitten amid long chapel gatherings to keep individuals wakeful or kids calm. The seeds were additionally consumed with the end goal to refresh the breath and bring relief to a snarling stomach.

This particular herb is one that has been sought after for quite a long time. Additionally, there was such a high demand for the plant to a point where is attracted tax. The funds acquired from this somewhat forced taxation was used by King Edward I to repair the London Bridge seeing that there were insufficient funds to begin repairs in the first place. During the 17th century, there was a surplus of Dill in England that could be found in several patio-style nurseries all across the country. For all we know, the plant was first brought to America by pilgrims.