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Common Name(s): Desert Parsley, desertparsley
Parts Used: root, stem, fruit, leaf
Connieboo 28 Jun, 2012
Used by many Native American tribes to treat a wide variety of infections, mainly of the lungs. The entire lomatium plant is edible, and numerous Native American groups regarded the lomatium plant as a food source and medicinal remedy. For cultivation as an herbal remedy, lomatium roots are unearthed during the months between early spring and fall. Roots are washed and dried for several days. The roots are then sliced and allowed to dry again. When dried correctly, lomatium is said to keep its medicinal properties for 2–3 years. Lomatium's antimicrobial activity is due to the tetronic acids and glucoside of lute-olin that it contains. Other ingredients include the resin, which causes rash in some people, and coumarins, which could possibly cause rash as well. The coumarins, however, are being investigated for their possible usefulness in treating HIV infection.
Lomatium is also known as Indian biscuit root, biscuit root, desert parsley, desert parsnip, fern-leafed lomatium, ferula dissoluta, Indian desert parsnip, Indian parsnip, leptaotaenia dissecta, tohza, toza, and wild carrot. For more info see here: http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Lomatium--Encyclopedia-of-Alternative-Medicine