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Osha/Bear Root (Ligusticum porteri)

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH COMMON NAME: Standard: Osha Root Also known as: Bear Root, Chuchupate, Colorado Cough Root, Indian Parsley, Ligusticum porteri, Mountain Lovage, Perejil de Campo, Persil Indien, Porter's Licorice Root, Racine d'Ours, Wild Celery Root, Empress of the dark forest. LATIN NAME: Ligusticum porteri Plant Family: Apiaceae PART(S) USED: Dried roots and leaves. OVERVIEW: Osha, has a long and colourful history of use by the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. It came to be known as “Bear Root” because the root resembles a furry Bear’s claw, and because Bears have been observed digging and eating the roots after emerging from hibernation. Osha stimulates the respiratory, immune, and digestive systems, all of which would need a boost after a long winter’s nap. Bears have also been reported to pack their own wounds with mashed Osha fronds and roots. Osha is said to have powerful antimicrobial and pesticidal properties and has been used by Indigenous healers to treat altitude sickness, and fight viruses and a wide variety of respiratory ailments, flu, cough, fever, sore throat, migraine headache, rheumatism, congestive heart failure, internal parasites, and cancer. Often employed as a talisman in ritual cures, a piece of Osha root is also sometimes worn on the body to ward off negative energies. Osha is taken as a tea, or eaten raw, or sometimes used as a smudge (burning the root and bathing in the smoke). Osha is now considered to be an at-risk species due to overharvesting. Like many medicinal plants, Osha also has a non-medicinal look-alike, the deadly poison Hemlock. So, it’s especially important to know your sources. PREPARATIONS: Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use Osha if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The appropriate dose of Osha depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for Osha. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredReq.do?id=6241&lang=eng