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Dill: An Antidote to Sensory and Mental Overload

Posted by admin on Jul 10, 2010

©2007 by Dr. Terry Willard, Director, Wild Rose College of Natural Healing

Dill Flower Essence: Anthenum graveolens

Positive qualities: Experiencing and absorbing the fullness of life, especially with heightened sensory aspects (taste, touch, hearing sight, smell)
Patterns of imbalance: Overwhelm due to over-stimulation, hypersensitivity to environment or to outer activity, sensory congestion34744856.thb

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Donna is easily overwhelmed. She constantly feels bombarded by stimulus. Sometimes she can’t even distinguish between tastes and smells or sights and feelings.  Donna’s mind races from all of the sensory input, especially when she is at work. She gets so overwhelmed that sometimes she starts to cry. Most evenings Donna has to sit in a darkened, quiet room just to be able to calm herself down.

Donna needs to find a way to slow down in this fast paced life. How can she calm her mind so she can relax? Even her dreams are hectic.

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Dill flower essence has an important place in modern life. We are all over stimulated by constant sensory inputs competing for our attention. The tiny blooms of the Dill flower sit on the ends of long stems appearing like fireworks bursting out in all directions from a center.  Modern city life often makes us feel like we are moving in thousands of directions at the same time. In this technological era, we are rarely out of contact with the huge world of sensory impressions. What we see, hear, taste, smell and touch in any given day becomes quite overwhelming.

The Self wants to assimilate as much as possible, but often the sheer volume of sensory impressions just can’t be incorporated. This ‘undigested’ sensory input can literally shut down our digestive and nervous systems. Dill flower essence helps us to discriminate and regulate the sensory input in our daily life. It helps us perceive the depth of the sensory input and to assimilate it more fully. Dill flower essence can be thought of as a digestive enzyme for the sensory – psychic world, helping the brain digest it all.

21042043.thbDill flower essence is helpful when one is in a crowded area such as an airport, trade show, or fairground. Dill flower essence won’t dull or subdue the senses, but rather refines and clarifies them. It helps us take in sensory ‘bites’ in a more holistic way, so we see a bigger, holographic picture, instead of the many little pieces.  Dill flower essence helps us drink in and relish these sensory inputs without feeling uncomfortable. Dill is also quite useful for sensitive animals when they appear overwhelmed by environmental stimuli.

Dill flower essence aids us in seeing our own personal families in balance with the larger communities we live in. It helps you to live in the moment with a childlike sense of bliss and innocence.

Dill flower essence is especially good for sensitive children that are growing up too fast, or feeling like they have to do something about everything they feel. For the adult that grew up too fast, Dill flower essence help them deal with their inner child. Some sensitive psychic people shut down channels of communications as they grew up. Dill FE will help open those channels and bring balance into the life of psychic people.

When the dream world is too active and wakes one often, it is a symptom of not assimilating all the sensory input of the day. By taking Dill flower essence during the day, one will have an easier time with their dreams. Then instead of being a sensory dumping ground, our dreams can be more meaningful.

23435619.thbDill flower essence is also useful for people that have given their own personal power over to others, and are living as a victim. Just like Dill’s umbels shoot out from the center, we often give away our energy from our center to others.  Dill flower essence  ill help one reclaim their own inner balance in relationship to those around them. It helps a person experience life as it is, not through someone else’s perception of it.

Chakra: Solar plexus, third eye primarily, but stimulation can cause all chakras to be overactive.

Symptoms that Indicate Dill may be needed:

Awareness, Childhood, Clarity, Confusion, Denial, Grief, Digestion Issues, Earth Healing and Nature Awareness, Eating Issues, Emergency, Excessive Living, Fear, Sleep Issues, Irritablility, Jet Lag, Moderation, Motion Sickness, Overwhelm, Objectivity, Relaxation, Restlessness, Stress/Tension, Swelling/Inflammation,  Urban Stresses

Note: Dr. Willard has kindly given us permission to reprint several of his high quality educational articles on this blog.  See the most recent here: Self-Heal—Finding the Ability to Heal Yourself from Within/

About Dr. Willard and Wild Rose College of Natural Healing: For over thirty years, Terry Willard, Cl.H.,Ph.D., has studied the medicinal properties of plants. He is recognized as one of North America ’s leading Clinical Herbalists. He appears regularly in the print and electronic media as an exponent of responsible herbal use. He currently serves as the President of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild and in the Canadian Health Food Association’s Hall of Fame.

Dr. Willard is the author of ten books on the subject of Herbs including the pivotal Wild Rose Herbal Series – a series of three textbooks written to educate herbalists. Two of his books, Mind-Body Harmony and Dr. Willard Encyclopedia of Herbal Uses , have been particularly popular with the general public.    To learn more about Dr. Willard and his seminars through Wild Rose College, to go http://www.wrc.net/.   The site contains a wealth of information about the herbal and flower essence properties of a large number of plants.


Argh – we missed Dr. Willard’s presence at the Montana Herb Gathering this year. He is an amazing herbalist (and mycologist too) along with being a great flower essence creator and practitioner! I know some folks who can use Dill right now (especially when Mercury is out of bounds during an eclipse cycle hehe)! Thanks for this post!

July 10th, 2010 | 8:07 am
melody green:

This ss a wonderful piece of news – I am currently working in such a quagmire of emotional to-ing and fro-ing and have been resorting to emergency essence to find the balance and there is dill all this time! Thank you – I will start digesting immediately!

July 10th, 2010 | 10:03 am
Sheila Guy:

Which company carries Dill essences? Also, Marposa Lilly? I wonder if Dill would help ADD, ADHD, and some Autisic children.

July 11th, 2010 | 4:32 am

Shiela, essences are not like drugs where they treat diagnosed conditions. Each person is considered individually, as imbalance manifests so differently from one person to the other. Address the underlying personality and person, not just the illness.

Several companies make these essences. I would google the name of the item and the phrase “flower essence” after it to find who else carries it.

July 11th, 2010 | 6:06 am