Dill (Anethum graveolens) is a cooling herb, which makes it great for these hot days. Even better, it also soothes the digestive tract. It is a great herb to use in the summer for salads or to add to marinades or salad dressings because it helps to limit the fermentation and gas production in the intestines. In addition, dill is a carminative herb. It soothes the central nervous system in addition to your tummy. The seeds and the leaves are edible and nourishing. Use caution if you are pregnant or nursing.
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) plants’ leaves look like a dill plant, but it is a warming herb. In addition to its pleasant licorice flavor, fennel is soothing and calming for the digestive tract. It eases gas and nourishes the liver. Use the leaves to make a delicious tea and grill, sauté or add the sliced bulb to salads. The seeds are especially helpful with digestion. That’s why they are often offered in Indian restaurants. The seeds also increase bodily fluid flow including urine, menstrual flow, and the production of breast milk. As with any herb, don’t overdo it and if you are nursing or have a kidney issue, use this herb with caution and consult your doctor.
Dill is the darker, green herb pictured above and fennel is the longer sprig above the dill.