Plant Spotlight - Immune Series - OSHA ROOT


🍃 OSHA 🍃

(Ligusticum porteri L, also referred to as bear root, Chuchupate, Colorado Cough Root, Indian Parsley, Perejil de Campo, Racine d'Ours, Wild Celery Root, Mountain Lovage, among other names)


OSHA ROOT contains a number of volatile oils including camphor. It supports a healthy immune system and associated mucous membranes.


According to the Natural Medicines database, osha has traditionally been used by Native American and Hispanic cultures for pneumonia, colds, bronchitis, influenza, tuberculosis, hay fever, and coughs.

Native Americans of North America often observed that bears would look for osha and consume the plant roots directly after emerging from winter hibernation or when wounded or sick. Osha is commonly used today by the Taos and other Northern New Mexican Pueblo People for a variety of purposes, including placing a root in irrigation acequias (ditches) to inhibit cutworms and other larvae.


Osha is a Native American word for bear and is referred to as "Bear Medicine," since the plants are eaten by bears for what appear to be medicinal purposes.

Osha are seriously threatened in many areas due to over harvesting. Since osha defies cultivation outside of its habitat, commercial osha root is almost entirely harvested from wild stands of the plant.

Please only use ethically sourced Osha.


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