Dill - In the Garden - July

Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes 2017

In the Garden

(Anethum graveolens syn. Peucedanum graveolens)

*Also known as dill weed, dillseed, dilly, European dill, and garden dill

Reaching three feet tall, dill has an erect, hollow stem. The leaves are ferny, thread-like, and bluish-green. Large, flat umbel clusters of yellow flowers bloom mid to late summer. The tiny oval seeds are flat and ribbed. Dill looks very similar to its cousin fennel. The way to tell them apart is that dill has one stem whereas fennel has multiple stems.

This herb’s common name comes from the Norse dylla, which means “to soothe” or “to lull,” and its species name graveolens is Latin, meaning “strong scented.” 67 The leaves are often referred to as dill weed. Cultivated for thousands of years, dill has been an important culinary and medicinal herb in many cultures.

In addition to being associated with the cult of Dionysus, this plant was used as offerings to Adonis and Bacchus. Later during the Middle Ages, dill was a popular ingredient in love potions and commonly used to provide protection from witches and evil spirits.

With a history of use in love potions, dill also helps to overcome love hexes. Eating dill seeds is helpful for finding balance where lust and desire are concerned. Burn dried leaves and scatter them around your property for defensive magic and to divert black magic from your home. Burning the leaves also purifies a space as does sweeping an area with long dill stalks. Grow dill in your garden to attract luck and wealth. Hang a bundle of dill in your kitchen to invite abundance. Place a couple of flower heads in your workspace to boost creativity and on your altar to support divination.

Dill is associated with the elements air and fire. Its astrological influence comes from Mercury. This herb is also associated with the gods Adonis, Bacchus, and Dionysus.