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Osha/Bear Root (Ligusticum porteri)

$20.95 Regular price $30.00
SKU: OSH00020

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. 

We've got new shipments of Osha arriving weekly right now. If you get a message on the website that says its sold  out, please send us an email and we will put you on the waiting list. 

After our longtime trusted Osha harvester passed away several years ago, we ended up having to wait in line and pay top dollar from a middle man for ethically harvested Osha Root. We are excited to announce that we have recently established a new relationship with an amazing Osha harvester who meets all our criteria. This means we are once again able offer extremely high quality Osha at amazing low prices!!

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 


PART(S) USED:Dried roots and leaves 

OVERVIEW: Osha, has a long history of use by Indigenous peoples. 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. Bears have also been reported to pack their own wounds with mashed Osha fronds and roots. 

Osha is now considered to be an at-risk species due to overharvesting. Always be sure to obtain Osha root from trusted suppliers.  Osha also has a non-medicinal look-alike, the deadly poison Hemlock. So, it’s especially important to know your sources.

TRADITIONAL USES: Osha Root is traditionally used in herbal medicine to treat symptoms of respiratory illnesses such as the common cold and bronchitis. Osha Root is also known to have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Traditionally, Osha is taken as a tea, or eaten raw, or sometimes used as a smudge (burning the root and bathing in the smoke).  

Often employed as a talisman in ritual cures, a piece of Osha root is sometimes worn on the body to ward off negative energies.  


PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use Osha Root if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it could possibly trigger menstruation and miscarriage. Consult a healthcare practitioner before use, especially if you are on any medications or have any allergies, especially to plants in the Apiaceae family (fennel, parsley, parsnips, dill, etc.). 

WARNING: 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.