This fragrant herb is associated with air in witchcraft. The smell of dill is powerful and wonderful. It is delicious to eat dill fresh from the garden. A salad can become an enticing dish full of flavor merely with the addition of some dill leaves picked fresh from the garden. Dill can also be grown in container gardens. It has a link with lust magick. This is likely because it is a very fertile herb. It will grow everywhere in your garden. It is a perennial.
Dill is an herb which can be used as a diuretic. This will help you cleanse your system. We all need a little bit of detoxification in our modern world. There are so many chemicals which get in our system. Aiding our bodies with herbs which helps our systems function better is a great way to maximize our lives.
In Ayurvedic nutrition we would classify dill as a pungent flavor. There are 6 flavors in Ayurvedic nutrition which food would have. Pungent foods stimulate our digestive system and speed up our metabolism. We all typically want to lose a few pounds. Adding an herb to our diet like dill can be a simple experiment to try out. Herbs are low in calories. You aren't going to be doing any damage by trying different herbs out when you cook. Pungent tastes are linked to the elements of fire and air.
Therewith her Vervain and her Dill,
That hindereth Witches of their Will.— Drayton's Nymphidia
Witchcraft Uses For Dill
Charms were often made of dill to protect people from witchcraft in the Middle Ages. This is said to have originated from the strong odor dill gives off. It would have a repellent quality. Dill can also be used in love magick. Some attribute dill to the planet Venus. Others have this plant classified as a plant governed by Mercury. The Mercury attribution is to do with the feathery leaves this plant has. Mercury governed plants are linked to the nervous system. These feathery leaves have a resemblance to nerves. Dill can also be used to bless a marriage. In Germany brides would wear a sprig of dill on their wedding dress.
Dill will grow best in a sunny location which is sheltered from the wind. This is a hardy plant which has very large roots. It tends to be self-seeding. If you had it in your garden last year, it will probably crop up all over the place the next year. You will need to make sure it has enough space for the roots to firmly establish. This is a plant to start in the spring. It does not grow well with carrots or cabbage.
Time required: 4 months
- Gardening Gloves
1. Sprinkle seeds on the soil where you wish to grow them. Dill is a very hardy plant. It will grow in most soil types. You don't need to do anything special to ensure it survives. Bonemeal fertilizer can be used to give it extra nutrient, but this is not necessary. 2 handfuls per square meter of soil is the right amount to use.
2. Cover the seeds with only a thin layer of earth. The seeds should begin to sprout within a couple of weeks. You may need to thin them out if they start growing really thick. This herb doesn't need a lot of water. It can thrive in some of the driest conditions. It prefers well-drained soil.
3. In about 8 weeks dill is ready to harvest. The plant begins to form flower heads which are yellow in color. When the flower begins there will be no more leaf production. In different cultures there are different parts of the herb which are desired. Eastern European countries like to harvest the flowers for pickling. Other countries prefer dill weed. Dill keeps in the fridge for 3 weeks. You may also freeze it if you wish to preserve it's flavor. Drying this herb is acceptable, but not the tastiest option.
This delicious meal is great for a vegan diet. It is from what I had in my kitchen. I have 2 garden plots this year. Dill grows very easily. It is a self-seeding herb. There were stray bits growing in one of my plots. Yesterday I did my first harvest. I pulled out a bunch which was growing like a weed in my garden.
- 1 Bunch of Fresh Dill
- 20 Stalks of Celery
- 2 Onions, finely chopped
- 10 Small Mushrooms
- 1/4 Cup of Oil for sauteing
- 1/4 Cup Malt Vinegar
- 1/4 Cup of Oil
- 1/2 Can of Chickpeas
- 1/8 Cup of Russian Salad Dressing
- 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon of Xyla or Sugar
- Heat oil in iron skillet.
- Add celery, dill, and onions.
- Saute for 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
- Add mushrooms and chick peas.
- In a container mix vinegar, oil, and Russian salad dressing.
- Make sure the oil mixture is well shaken.
- Add mixture to the saute.
- Stir well.
- Add sugar and soy sauce.
- Stir and allow to cook for another 15 minutes.
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Useful Online Resources
- Botanical.com - A Modern Herbal
This is a page which provides a lot of information on the botanical history and uses of dill.
This is a website which discusses the use of herbalism for anti-aging.
- The World's Healthiest Foods
Dill is high is flavonoids. This page tells you more about what flavonoids do for your body.
This is a website specializing in magic herbs.
- Mystical Blaze
This page talks about different magickal uses of dill.
- Garden Action
This page tells us how to grow dill.
This is one of my favorite websites. They sell a lot of interesting products. The website is full of great information about witchcraft.