Anthenum graveolens: Compositae
|PLANET: Mercury||ELEMENT: Fire|
|TASTE: pungent, bitter||VIPAKA: pungent|
|WARMTH: cooling||DOSHAS: V= P- K-|
MERIDIANS: stomach, spleen, liver
INDICATIONS: colic, gastralgia, gas, indigestion, insomnia due to indigestion, flatulence, halitosis, lack of breast milk.
CONSTITUENTS: 2.5-5% volatile oil (see below), flavonoids such as kaempferol and its glucuronide, and vicenin, coumarins, Xanthone derivatives such as DILLANOSIDE, tirpertenes, phenolic acids, protein, fixed oil.
PREPARATION AND USE:
-best prepared as a maceration
-"Dill Water" used for infant colic: steep 1 oz seeds in 1 pint rice wine with chamomile for two weeks, Strain and bottle; give 2-10 drops 2-3 times daily as needed.
NUTRITIONAL USE: flavouring for soups, sauces, pickles, fish, and herbal vinegars
USE IN MAGIC: protection, love
-hang seed heads to bless home and kitchen and to protect children in the cradle
-protection sachets and incenses
-use in bath to attract "women" (does this mean members of the desired sex or specifically women? I'd be cautious if they aren't the same thing ~WS)
-protection of the mind from undesirable influences
-calms the air element
USE IN PERSONAL GROWTH:
-brings focus, attention, and clarity to thoughts
-helps one to see clearly what the first step is so that one can proceed unhindered by fear
"I see clearly the steps that form the ladders to my dreams, and I climb them with confidence."
THE ESSENTIAL OIL
EMOTIONAL EFFECTS: Calming, helps in shocky situations.
DOSE: 1-3 drops
USE IN MAGIC:
-sharpens conscious mind, used when clarity and alertness necessary
-protection from black magic and superstition (!?)
THE FLOWER ESSENCE
POSITIVE QUALITIES: Able to absorb and experience the fullness of life; especially sensorial impressions.
PATTERNS OF IMBALANCE: Overwhelmed and over stimulated, hyper-sensitivity to environment or to outer activity, sensory congestion.
"One of the challenges which face many souls who incarnate in modern times is learning how to regulate the sense life. With the advent of the technological age, the soul is literally bombarded with countless sense impressions -- what one sees, hears, tastes, smells, and touches within the duration of a day can be quite staggering. Soul hygiene requires that these sensorial impressions be assimilated; otherwise psychic indigestion and nervous overwhelm result. In prior times, those who wished to develop spiritually sought remote environments and ascetic living conditions which diminished sensorial stimulation and freed the soul for higher spiritual work. Dill flower essence helps to harmonise the psychic life within the context of daily work and modern living. Through the Dill flower, the soul learns not only to discriminate and clarify sense experience, but even more importantly to allow the sense life itself to become a vehicle for enlightenment. Rather than being dulled and subdued, the senses can be refined and clarified, becoming even more luminous and transparent. In this way a new kind of clairvoyance and clairsentience arises in the modern soul. Dill flower essence assists the soul in transforming sensory overwhelm into an ability to perceive the sense world as a manifestation of spiritual archetypes. " (1)
The essence of Power. Useful for those who have released their personal power to others and live in the attitude of a victim. Lets one reclaim balance, resulting in a shift in his relationship with those around him.
(1) Quoted from Patricia Kaminski and Richard Katz, Flower Essence Repertory, The Flower Essence Society, Nevada City, CA. ISBN 0-9631306-1-7