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Anethum sowa

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Dill is an erect, annual herb growing up to 150cm tall. A commonly cultivated herb, especially in warm temperate and tropical zones. It is grown mainly for its edible leaves and seeds, though it is also used medicinally.


Stomach pain, Sting bite, Swelling, Piles, Bleeding, Gripe in babies, Flatulence in young children[1].

Parts Used

Leaf, Seed[1].

Chemical Composition

Anethum sowa is a rich source of Mineral elements, Essential amino acid and Fatty acids. The essential oil is the highly potential as bioactive oil for pharmaceuticals and Medical applications, Possessing Antioxidant, Antimicrobial and Cytotoxic activities. The thermal analysis suggested as a simple, Effective and Rapid method to characterize the Anethum sowa species as well as to assess for herbal formulation.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Sabbasige, Sabbakshi
Hindi Sova, Soya
Malayalam NA
Tamil Shatakuppi Sompa
Telugu Sapasige
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Mishreya, Shatapushpi
English Dil, Indian Dil



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Katu(Pungent), Tikta(Bitter)


Laghu(Light to Digest), Teekshna(Piercing, Enters Deep Tissues)


Ushna (Hot)


Katu (Pungent)








Kind Shape Feature



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Flowering throughout the year


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruiting throughout the year

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Abhayarishta, Abhayaarishta, Karpa Sastyadi Taila, Kumaryasava, Kshaara Taila, Trayodashaanga Guggulu, Dashamulaarishta, Dhanvantara Taila, Narayana Taila, Panchatikta guggulu Gritha, Bala Ashwagandhaadi Taila, Bhunaaga Taila, Mahaamaasa Taila, Maharaasnaadi Kvata Churna, Soubhagya Shunti[1]

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

Dill is primarily a summer crop of temperate climates; in the tropics it grows better at elevations from 200 - 2,000 metres.[4]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Fields, Waste places.

Photo Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.1213, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  2. Journal paper from BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies - Chemical composition and pharmacological significance of Anethum Sowa L. Root
  3. [Morphology]
  4. Useful tropical plants by Tropical the ferns information - Click here to view more

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