Healthy Beginnings

Try these natural remedies as a way to battle pain and other ailments

The Lomatium dissectum plant can stand at more than 2 feet tall at maturity.

The air we breathe, the food we eat, our homes, our workplaces, even the things we touch — they’re all attacking our immune system constantly.

It is hard to get through the day without ingesting, touching or breathing some bacteria that will bring us down. But there are some great ways of avoiding the dreaded “bug.”

First and foremost, WASH YOUR HANDS. Yes, your mother was right, cleanliness is essential to staying healthy.

Also, eat your vegetables and fruits, and avoid sugar and white foods that turn to sugar. Bugs love a sugar or acidic environment. The more alkaline your body, the more resistant to disease you are.

Then there are a lot of products that will help keep you happy and healthy. I really like Probiotics. They populate “the gut” with friendly bacteria, which protects you from the bad bacteria that will allow your immune system to get run down.

Another great product that is highly recommended for building the immune is good ole Vitamin D. The “Sunshine Vitamin” not only protects the bone, breast and colon health, but after protecting them, it goes on to the immune system and assists it with protecting you. And, it also makes you happy, just like a nice sunny day always improves peoples’ attitudes.

A natural option with local ‘roots’

I have been studying this latest flu outbreak across Northern Nevada, and I found a correlation to the great flu pandemic of 1918. Millions died throughout the world, and it nearly shut down World War I — in fact more died of the flu than died in that war, according to published reports.

Interestingly, Ernst T. Krebs, a renowned biochemist from Carson City, noticed the Washoe Tribe was not getting sick. He reportedly found out tribal members were eating a root — called “Lomatium dissectum,” known by the common name fernleaf biscuitroot — that grows in the rocky hillsides of the Sierra Nevada and sagebrush areas of the interior Northwest.

According to an article he wrote for the Nevada State Board of Health on the subject in 1920, Krebs wrote the following about Lomatium dissectum: “There is probably no therapeutic agent so valuable in the treatment of influenza pneumonia and … it is a powerful tonic to the respiratory mucous membranes. It is a bronchial, intestinal and urinary antiseptic and it seems to stimulate the lungs and stomach.”

Further, in an excerpt from the 1993 book “A Holistic Protocol for the Immune System,” Dr. Scott J. Gregory, wrote that, “Lomatium dissectum, a plant antibiotic … is believed that this antibiotic extract is one of the most important infection fighters in existence.’

According to published reports and medical journals, Lomatium dissectum can treat a plethora of ailments and infections, including, but not limited to: influenza; respiratory and urinary infections; Epstein-barr virus; Lyme disease; athlete’s foot; and most yeast infections.

More about the plant

Lomatium dissectum, pronounced “lo-may-shum di-sect-um,” is in the same family (Apiaceae) as carrot, parsley and celery. It has umbel flower heads with flowers that are usually yellow and are 2-3 feet tall.

It is a perennial that develops the root slowly over several years. The root is the part of the plant that is used for medicinal purposes.

The Washoe Indians called the plant “dosa” or “doza,” and as aforementioned, its common name is fernleaf biscuitroot. You do need to know what you are looking for, as some plants that look the same are quite poisonous.

Once you find the correct plant, start treatment slowly, as it can cause a slight rash on some people.

I love to support the locals and found a company near Reno that has Lomatium dissectum, and the family is involved in the gathering and processing.

So I have it at The Herb Lady. It worked for me a few years ago when all else failed, and now it is working for people here, keeping them well, and happy to not be sick. Hope to see or hear from you soon.

Elaine Brooks is owner of The Herb Lady, located in Sparks. Visit or call 775-356-1499 to learn more.