Osha Root Extract
Ligusticum porteri, or Osha, is also known as bear root, bear medicine or chuchupate.
*This Osha root is ethically & sustainably wild-crafted to protect the plant population of this very important and Sacred root. The roots are harvested in a conscious way and given an offering, always asking first for permission from Great Spirit, the plant itself and the land beforehand. The entire harvest is spent in prayer, followed by a blessing.*
Osha has powerful antiviral and antibacterial & antimicrobial properties. Its anti-inflammatory actions work to alleviate mucous membrane inflammation, opening bronchial airways to ease breathing. Osha root is used to help coughs become productive and can relieve congestion. Among its many benefits include the ability to clear mucus from the sinuses and lungs, relieving congestion and making breathing much easier, increasing oxygenation within the body. Osha root has the ability to cut through even the thickest phlegm, and it provides such a wide range of benefits that it comes highly recommended for virtually all types of colds, flu and coughs. Additionally, there are reports of favorable use by people suffering from asthma, allergies, emphysema, pneumonia and chronic coughing. One of the most notable actions of osha root is its numbing effect, used to help soothe a sore throat.
Indigenous tribes have observed bears eating osha when they are sick or weak from hibernation in order to renew their energy.
"The plant possesses strong antiviral properties, and should be used at the first minimal signs of flu or cold. It is extremely good for sore throats and bronchial inflammations and can soothe and anesthetize almost immediately. The tea, powdered root, or tincture is antibacterial and excellent on skin wounds to prevent infection. It is especially good in cough syrups. Osha is also excellent for stomach indigestion.
Osha is a plant of the west, the "looks within place." It is an herb for warriors for those who must go into darkness and face their own demons. ...For people who are trying to develop their own warrior strength and for those who fight the darkness within. Osha goes to the root of the matter. It is a plant that helps those who are going through destructuring. It understands the stripping away process necessary to deep transformation. If is for those who struggle to learn the "Truce of the Bear."
(1) Buhner, Stephen Harrod, Sacred Plant Medicine - Explorations in the Practice of Indigenous Herbalism
1:5 / 70% / Dried
Ingredients: Grain Spirits, Osha Root** (Ligusticum porteri) & Purified Water
*sustainably wildharvested ingredient
Known dosages (for adults):
Bronchial Dilation: 1/4-1/2 tsp, up to 5x day in small amount of hot water, start with the lower and evaluate.
Infection: 20-60 drops up to 5 x day
(as suggested by Michael Moore, Southwest School of Botanical Medicine)