Lomatium dissectum (also known as fernleaf biscuitroot or desert parsley), is a very special plant in the world of herbal medicine. Native to North America, this perennial plant has a long history of traditional use among indigenous communities. In modern times, many herbalists, naturopaths and families rely on it for a diverse array of potential heath benefits.

Historical Background: 

Lomatium dissectum has a deep-rooted history. Indigenous tribes such as the Native Americans and First Nations people of Canada have utilized this plant, not only for its medicinal properties but also as a food source. It’s edible leaves were often eaten in the spring, while it’s roots were harvested in the winter and used in healing teas, lung remedies and more. Additionally, an extract was used in fishing areas. Once poured into the water, it acted as a temporary sedative to help aid in the catching of fish.


During the spanish flu epidemic of 1917, it was found that the tribes fjfjfka

who were using lomatium medicinally were far less impacted by the virus. While they still contracted the illness, there were no reported deaths.

Here is a video of Jane Barlow and her brother discussing some of the history of the native american uses of lomatium.

Medicinal Uses: Lomatium dissectum possesses a wide range of potential health benefits, which have garnered the attention of modern herbalists and researchers. Let us explore some of the key medicinal uses associated with this remarkable plant:

  •  Immune Support: Lomatium does not appear to directly impact immune function. Rather, it may help to reduce or eliminate viral, fungal and bacterial loads within the body. This gives the immune system more resources to defend the body against other threats. This is why we believe lomatium dissectum can cause a one-time detox rash in some people. 
  • Respiratory Health: 
  • Antiviral Activity: Preliminary research suggests that Lomatium dissectum may exhibit antiviral properties. Compounds present in the plant, such as coumarins and polyacetylenes, have shown potential against viral infections, including influenza and herpes. In fact, anecdotal evidence suggests that a longtime use of lomatium may reduce or eradicate longstanding systemic viral infections.
  • Antibacterial Properties: Taking lomatium internally may defend against bacterial infections or imbalances. Over 40 years of consistent use on herself, her children and grandchildren has led Jane to believe that incredibly, lomatium does not target “good” bacteria.

Preparations and Dosage (Word Count: 250) Lomatium dissectum is available in various forms, including tinctures, capsules, teas, and dried roots. Here are some common ways to prepare and consume this medicinal plant:

3.1 Tincture: A tincture made from Lomatium dissectum’s dried roots is a popular method of consumption. Typically, 2-4 mL of tincture, taken 2-3 times a day, is recommended for immune support or respiratory conditions.

3.2 Infusion: To make an herbal tea, steep 1-2 teaspoons of dried Lomatium dissectum root in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Drink up to three cups daily for respiratory or immune support.

3.3 Capsules: Lomatium dissectum capsules, available in standardized dosages, provide a convenient option for those seeking its health benefits. Follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the manufacturer.

It’s important to note that herbal remedies can have individual variations in efficacy and may interact with certain medications. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before starting any new herbal regimen.

Conclusion (Word Count: 150) Lomatium dissectum, with its rich historical background and diverse medicinal properties, continues to entice herbal enthusiasts worldwide. From its traditional use as a respiratory remedy to its potential as an immune booster, this remarkable plant offers promising health benefits. As interest in natural remedies grows, Lomatium dissectum holds the potential to provide alternative support for various conditions. However, further scientific research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms of action and ensure safe usage.