This blog post is not meant to be medical advice. I am not a doctor. This is an account of my own experience and research using plants as medicine and specifically in this article, Lomatium. Please do your own research and use common sense when taking care of your health and the health of your family. If you have an infection of any kind please seek medical attention immediately. This article is meant for education purposes only.
Lomatium is my favorite plant. And I love all plants. I love this plant because it has been a game changer in the way I'm able to take care of my health and the health of my family for more than 40 years.
I grew up with a dad who was a medicinal botanist. Making medicine out of plants. What an amazing way to grow up. I didn't think it was a big deal when I was young but as an adult, a mother and a grandmother I am beyond appreciative for the depth of knowledge that my dad gave me and my siblings.
So, here's a little history on the plant Lomatium and the extract we make from it called LDM-100. LDM-100 stands for the botanical name of the plant - Lomatium dissectum var. Multifida.
The following section in quotation marks was written many years ago by my dad, Dr. Max Barlow.
The Lomatium Story
“On the eastern slopes of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains grows a very important plant in the Parsley Family. The western Indians have long used this plant to prevent and treat many ailments.
Botanically called Lomatium dissectum, because of its long, slender, hollow stem and its oil producing linear glands in the ripening seeds. The Indians called the medicinal root of this plant “the Dortza”, meaning – “heap powerful medicine.” The Washoe Indians collected the root in September and October when the richest supply of oils was concentrated in the large underground root. At least five or six gums, oils and oleoresins are present in the very aromatic root. After collecting the root, they sliced it longitudinally, exposing the volatile oils to the oxidizing (polymerization) effects of the air, which converts the oils to a stabilized resin. The cured root would then be hung to dry from the ceiling of their hogan until it was needed.
During the flu pandemic of 1917-1918, the root came into extensive use by the two Washoe Indian tribes near Carson City, Nevada. Dr. E.T. Krebs Sr., the contract physician who was assigned by the U.S. government to the Washoe Indians, was dumbfounded to find that these two groups of Indians were free from respiratory illness and that no deaths had been attributed to the influenza “bug.” This was especially amazing because both Indians and white people were “dying like flies” throughout the entire region, the nation and the world. Spotting the dried root hanging from their hogans, Dr. Krebs asked what it was and what its use was. He was told it was “heap powerful medicine,” and that it was used to prevent colds and the flu. He asked if he could try this medicine on some of his white patients and, after making a crude preparation and giving it to his non-Indian patients in San Francisco, he said, “They just stopped dying.”
How it works: Scientific investigation of the plant reveals that the volatile oil fractions in the root contain the antiviral/antibiotic ingredient. Also present are powerful anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties. The Lomatium dissectum extract has a viro-static effect, meaning that it stops the growth of all viruses, bacteria and fungus in the body and eliminates the lethal micro-organisms without harming the ones necessary to good health. The effectiveness of Lomatium dissectum in eliminating infections and restoring health is an incredible gift from Mother Nature.
Extensive work has been done by over five universities on Lomatium dissectum. It is a powerful, nontoxic, viro-static against flu viruses, the trachoma virus, the Lansing Polio viruses, and numerous other viruses. By 1944, the Journal of Bacteriology reported, “The anti-biotic activity of oil fractions separated from the root of Lomatium dissectum was determined on 62 strains and species of bacteria, molds and fungi. The heat-stable active agent was bactericidal for gram-positive bacteria at 10-4 dilutions and at 10-3 for gram-negative bacteria.” (Journal of Bacteriology, Vol. 55 No. 5 May 1948)
About the time this report was published, ‘miracle’ sulfa drugs began to be widely promoted. In the interest of being ‘modern,’ no one wanted to use an old Indian remedy. With renewed interest in some natural remedies, Dr. Krebs Jr. passed on the extracting techniques developed by his father to Dr. Max Barlow.
The extract is made today in an alcohol-based tincture known as LDM-100.
Since LDM-100 is anti-viral, the dosage depends upon the strength (or weakness) of the body’s natural immune system. LDM-100 is completely natural and non-toxic; therefore, the dosage may be safely increased until it takes effect.
As the above quote from the Journal of Bacteriology indicates, Lomatium dissectum is also effective against molds and fungi.
Thus, many Barlow Herbal users are seeing great results in fighting Candida albicans with our extract (when taken orally). LDM-100 will clear up most yeast infections. A drop between the toes will eradicate athlete’s foot.
LDM-100 may be taken as a preventative against viral infections or solely during high-risk periods. This wonder drug of nature inhibits growth and reproduction of viral organisms, rendering them inactive, thus enabling white blood cells to do their job.
It should be noted that some people may experience a one-time detox rash from an oil fraction found in Lomatium dissectum; as is possible from contact with any plant. The rash ranges from mild to full body and can be extremely itchy and uncomfortable. Such a reaction can be quickly overcome by taking Dandelion Root, Vitamin C, and Pantothenic Acid. Two days of only fresh juices has been found to speed up the detox process. The addition of fresh squeezed wheat grass juice is also extremely helpful. One can discontinue use of LDM-100 temporarily.
Adults: 3 to 10 drops, 3 to 5 times daily, or more. It is suggested to begin with a low dosage and frequency and gradually increase. Keep dosage low for the first 7 days and then increase as needed. Children: 3 to 4 drops, 4 to 6 times daily. It is also recommended to gradually increase quantity and frequency. 1 to 2 drops for babies added to water or juice.”
-Dr. Max Barlow
Alright...Jane here again.
Here is the full article that my dad quotes from the Journal of Bacteriology, Vol. 55 No. 5 May 1948. http://jb.asm.org/content/55/5/615.full.pdf+html
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Personally, I have used Lomatium Dissectum effectively on these issues.
1) on warts and toe/fingernail fungus (topically and internally)
2) to knock down cold sores caused by the Herpes virus
3) to clear up a tooth abscess
4) to gargle with before swallowing to keep mouth bacteria-free
5) for urinary tract infections
6) for ear infections (taken internally and a drop or two directly in the ear)
7) for Strep infections
8) for the common cold flu, congestion, runny nose, etc…
9) for Asthma
10) for bacterial infections
11) for respiratory tract infections
12) for tonsillitis (early stages)
13) for bronchitis
14) for vaginal infections (douche and internally)
15) for candidas
16) for chronic fatigue syndrome
17) for skin infections (topical in the form of Golden Salve or extract)
18) for hay fever
19) for Epstein-Barr virus
20) for mononucleosis
As you can see, the pure root extract of Lomatium dissectum has amazing medicinal properties. So… whether you’ve been using LDM-100 for many years or you’re just starting to use it, broaden your horizons in your applications and watch the wonderful results. I raised both of my children on it (they are 35 and 36 years old now) and now my 2 grandchildren use it and have been since they were a couple of months old.
LDM-100 can be taken straight or diluted in a small amount of water or juice.
(Juice is nice for small children or taste sensitive adults.)
Lomatium Dissectum Detox Rash Information
Alright...this is where it gets fun. If you are new to Lomatium dissectum, you could develop a one-time detox rash. This alone scares people away. Then there's the taste, which I actually love.
This rash can cover a small percentage of the body or be full body. It can be itchy, swollen and very uncomfortable and sometimes accompanied by a fever and purple welts. If you have never used Lomatium we recommend taking Dandelion root either in liquid or capsule form for a few days prior to taking Lomatium and continue taking Dandelion root for the first week of taking Lomatium. This seems to help the body process the detox reaction and in most cases lessen the chances of a rash, the severity of the rash in people who still get it and in some cases - prevent it altogether.
You should always start with a very small dosage when taking Lomatium for the first time. A very small dosage of the liquid Lomatium (LDM-100) would be 5-10 drops in water once a day for the first week for adults. You can even start with 1-5 drops once a day for the first week. And in capsule form (SEES-Plus) one capsule once a day for the first week is considered a small dosage. It is easier to start with a smaller dosage when Lomatium is in liquid form (LDM-100).
You can even start with one drop once a day and slowly increase. I would suggest, doing one day once a day for a week and then every day after that increase by one drop a day. For example, on day 8 day 2 drops, on day 9 take 3 drops etc.
It is also suggested that you add LDM-100, MunityBoost or any of our tinctures to water because they are very concentrated. We do not add water or glycerin. This does several things. We use 190 proof organic cane alcohol (yes, it's gluten free) and it extracts all the medicinal properties out of the plants, it acts as a carrying agent (taking the final product directly to the blood stream) and it acts as a preservative. We have a 10 year shelf life on all of our extracts. We believe that you get more bang for your buck and you can easily dilute it yourself.
I've found that taking Dandelion Root, high dose Vitamin C (5000 mg per day), Activated Charcoal and Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5) are very helpful. Two to three days of only fresh juices has been found to speed up the detox process. The addition of fresh squeezed wheat grass juice is also extremely helpful. A soothing Epson salt bath and Coconut oil will usually provide relief from itching. One can discontinue use of LDM100 temporarily while the rash is running its course. It is very rare to get the rash a second time. When taking LDM-100 or SEES-Plus for the first time it is recommended to start slow for the first 7 days as the rash usually takes between 5 and 7 days to show up and about the same amount of time for the rash to go away.
MunityBoost vs. LDM-100
Initially MunityBoost was developed because of the one-time detox rash that some people get from using a whole plant extract of Lomatium dissectum. MunityBoost been very effective and has had some other amazing, unexpected benefits. Try it on seasonal allergies for exceptional results. Some people also prefer to stay on the MunityBoost during cold and flu season for prevention. The Dandelion root supports and detoxes the liver and the Red root is well known for clearing mucous out of the organs among other things.
Over the years I've had many people shy away from using the LDM-100 because of the potential for this rash. Although it is a one-time detox rash, to say that is a very unpleasant experience to go through, is an understatement for some people. It can be physically and emotionally intense.
I've talked to literally hundreds of people with the Lomatium rash and I've come to believe that it is not dangerous or contagious. But there are some people who have a very difficult time when they are going through it. The extreme itchiness is one of the worst parts of it.
So, my best thoughts on using the MunityBoost versus the LDM-100 are: if you are someone who has never used LDM-100, you are a perfect candidate for the MunityBoost. Providing anti-viral results while preventing the rash is the number one goal of MunityBoost. The MunityBoost and its additional herbs made a beautiful formula with properties and benefits that have been found to be very helpful during seasonal allergies as well as cold and flu season.
The choice is yours: LDM-100, MunityBoost and SEES-Plus is still the gold standard for cold and flu season and by far the best way to go as a powerful anti-microbia
MunityBoost (Detox rash prevention and support during seasonal allergies)
MunityBoost contains: Lomatium root, Dandelion root, Red root, Black Walnut Hulls, Sarsaparilla, Blue Vervain, St. John's Wort and Love.
MunityBoost is specially formulated to give the immune system extra support with powerful herbal ingredients that are not found in regular food. This herbal extract is most commonly used during the cold & flu season. It has also been found to be especially effective for seasonal allergies.
In some people, the plant Lomatium can cause a one-time detox rash. It is itchy, uncomfortable, unsightly and can be a little scary. This can detract from all the good that Lomatium can bring and make it hard for those who have experienced this rash to not only try it again but to recommend it to others.
MunityBoost was developed specifically to prevent this one-time rash. For the huge majority of people, it has done this. From personal experience over the years, I find that when you support and detox the liver and the other organs that it helps keep some people from detoxing through their skin when using Lomatium for the first time.
As you can see, there is a lot to learn about the plant Lomatium. Deep knowledge and understanding about the way we heal naturally is required when using any plant and the power it contains.
Study, research and then use your common sense. It's not about throwing out the amazing modern medical advances we've made. It's about using what you need from the traditional realm and what you need from the natural realm. They can be used very effectively together.
Empower yourself by learning more about the incredible benefits of herbal medicine.
Much love, Jane XO
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is intended for education and information purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or replace proper medical care. The plant described above is not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease.
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