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Lomatium (Lomatium dissectum)


Lomatium is known as fernleaf biscuitroot and was commonly used by Native Americans for various purposes such as food, rituals and as medicine. Lomatium dissectum is easily identified with green verdure which is readily connected to a single stem. When the plant blossoms, it happens to produce flowers that are either yellow or purple. It is important to also note that the plant is a hermaphroditic since it tends to have several stamens as well as pistils in the same flower.  Once the herb has matured, it reaches to a height of about fifty one inches. The herb has a thickened wing which tends to have a width of about 0.04 inches. When it comes to growing the herb, it is important to use coarse, medium as well as fine soil textures which tend to have high resistant to drought conditions.

Medicinal Uses

There are various uses that lomatium can be used for. However, the major use is medicinal and here are some of the places where the herb is used in the world today.

  1. It is believed to have anti-viral properties that can easily help in treating ailments and conditions such as HIV, colds as well as acute bronchitis among others.
  2. It is used in the healing of burns, backaches as well as sore muscles.
  3. It plays a major role in treating people who have been affected by influenza across the world today.
  4. Its inner root is boiled into tea and this in turn helps in reliving fever, colds, sore muscles, chills and pain.

Dosage and Administration

Shortly before you can start using this herb, it is important to know the dosage as well as the administration first before you can proceed. This can only be achieved by consulting a physician who will provide you with the necessary advice on how to go ahead with the dosage and administration.

  1. Firstly, it is imperative to know that lomatium is readily available in an extract form which is resin-free liquid.  As such, it is important to know the normal dosage to be used which is one milliliter to three milliliters.
  2. The administration can either be in liquid form, tea form, tinctures or lozenges. Here, the doctor will choose for you the best form that will work perfectly with your condition or ailment.

Parts Used

Even though the plant has several parts, not all are used to make medicines that can be used for treating various ailments and conditions. The main parts used include the following:

  1. Fresh leaves from the plant are picked, cleaned, crushed and then ground before they can be soaked in water. Once they have been soaked in water, they produce a drink which can be taken orally to relieve pain and other ailments.
  2. The plant is boiled into a tea which once taken can be the best remedy for colds and even fevers throughout the day.


There are some benefits that are associated with Lomatium dissectum and they have in turn made the herb be among the most sought for especially by those who keep animals. Read on to learn more of the benefits.

  1. Firstly, lomatium plays a major role in providing forage for both wild and domestic animals e.g. antelopes, cattle, sheep, horses etc.
  2. It helps in treating various conditions such as colds, bronchitis and among others. It is believed that, the herb is safe for even pregnant women to provide them with stamina to push through with their pregnancy.
  3. It helps those people with asthma attacks, constipation and lower back pains as home remedies.

Side Effects

There are some side effects that an individual tends to experience especially after using the herb without the necessary medical consultations. Some of the side effects are as stated below:-

  1. It is believed that ingesting lomatium can result to having a digestive tract upset. However, this may only happen to certain people.
  2. Lomatium can easily cause allergic reactions to some people such as body rash and as such, it is important to make the necessary consultations first.
  3. If used by pregnant women without the best recommendation from a physician, it can prove to be disastrous to both the mother and the child.
  4. There are some people who will experience nausea and drowsiness for some time compared to others.

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