Osha Root 1/4 lb

Osha (Ligusticum porteri) is a perennial herb that's part of the carrot and parsley family. It's often found on the edges of forests in parts of the Rocky Mountains and Mexico. Also known as Bear Root and some people call it Snake Root. It has a very strong odor, something like a spicy celery-like scent.

The root is considered an immune booster and aid for coughs, pneumonia, colds, bronchitis, and the flu. It's also used to relieve indigestion, lung diseases, body aches, and sore throats.

1/4 lb

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The osha plant is also known as "bear root" or "bear medicine," because Native Americans say they have observed bears eating osha when they are sick or weak from hibernation in order to renew their energy.

Osha root plays a number of roles in traditional Western and Southwestern Indian cultures: it is used as a medicinal herb, as a ceremonial incense, and as an element in a medicine pouch or bundle. Many tribes associate osha plants with protection, healing, and good luck.

Respiratory Health

Documented research is limited when it comes to proving the effectiveness of osha root for respiratory health, anecdotal and traditional findings suggest that this herb can benefit the respiratory system.

Osha root contains a variety of phytochemicals, including camphor, saponins, ferulic acid, terpenes, and phytosterols. It's thought that this broad range of constituents provides the respiratory support mechanism.

As noted above, it has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that may help to reduce inflammation and protect the lungs from viruses and infections.

It is also believed that osha root can help to increase blood circulation to the lungs which, in turn, may help to improve oxygenation throughout the entire body.