Wild Parsley (Leptotaenia Dissecta)
Wild Parsley (Leptotaenia Dissecta)
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Leptotaenia dissecta (Lomatium dissectum) was historically one of the most important medicinal plants of the western United States. Native Americans used this herb as an internal remedy for viral and bacterial infections, especially for the eyes (do not use in tincture form for the eyes), respiratory tract, and urinary tract.

Several tribes ate the roots and shoots of the plant and some immersed the fresh root in streams to stun fish for harvesting. The most important use of the herb was for medicinal purposes, it was the most widely used medicinal remedies of the Indians of the western United States.

A decoction of the root was taken internally and the above portion of the plant was smoked or burned and inhaled to treat coughs, colds, hayfever, bronchitis, asthma, influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. A decoction of the herb was applied externally for cuts, sores, and rashes; the oily sap was placed on skin lesions and used in the eyes for trachomal and gonorrheal infections. The raw root was chewed for sore throat and used as a poultice for swellings, sprains, and rheumatism. Lomatium dissectum was also used for equine distemper and as a pediculicide for humans and animals.

During the world wide influenza epidemic of 1917, the effectiveness of Lomatium dissectum came to the attention of the American white man when it was observed that native Americans in the Southwest were recovering rapidly from the virus that was killing others. Ernest Krebs, M.D. found that the Indians were peeling the dissectum root, drawing and boiling it and skimming off the oil. Using about a pound of the herb, the Indians were getting well within a week's time. This herb was used as a food and medicine by the American Indians of the Northwest.

On the Western frontier, it was one of the best known and widely used remedies--mostly commonly to treat coughts, colds, hay fever, bronchitis, asthma, influenza, pneumonia, etc.

Ernest Krebs, Jr., noted biochemist and son of Ernest Krebs, M.D., is known to have said, "this is become one of the most important antibiotic herbs known to man."

Ingredients: Leptotaenia dissecta in a 20% alcohol base.

Suggested Use: 5 drops in one tablespoon of water or juice 3 times daily of 2 days. Thereafter, 12 drops to 1/2 dropperful 3 times daily in one tablespoon water or juice, or as directed by a healthcare professional. Use as long as symptoms persist.

None of the constituients have been removed from the herb during extraction process. One of these constitutient is a resin which appears to cause a rash in some individuals. Edward Alstat, N.D., R.Ph., believes the rash is a healing reaction, "some type of a cleansing," rather than a side effect of the herb. If a rash developes discontine use.
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