Origin: Eurasia

Family: Apiaceae
Scientific Name: Anethum graveolens

Folk Names: Aneton, dill weed, dilly


Element: Air
Day: Wednesday
Planet: Mercury
Zodiac: Gemini, Virgo
Associated Celebrations: Floralia
Deities: Adonis, Bacchus, Dionysus, Kupala

Parts used: Leaf, seed

Magical Properties: Love, conscious mind, clarity, protection, money, purification

Magical Uses


Part Used: Seeds or herb
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 60°C

Scent Type: Spicy
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Spicy, warm (seeds), sweet (herb)

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Can help with indigestion, colic, and nervous tension.



Type: Herb
Plant Height: 40-60cm
Stem: Slender, hollow
Leaves: Delicate, finely-divided leaves 10-20cm long
Flowers: Small white/yellow flowers in umbels 2-9cm across
Fruit: Slightly curved seeds 4-5mm long and 1mm across

Etymology: Anethum comes from the Ancient Greek anethum/anisum, which referred to both dill and anise. The name ‘dill’ or variants thereof are used in most Germanic languages.

In the Garden

Type: Annual
Sow: Early spring
Light: Partial shade
Water: Keep moist
Soil: Well-drained