Osha Root Tincture – Ligusticum porteri
By Sharn Harper
Osha root: Ligusticum porteri, is also known as Osha or oshá.
Osha Root About, Uses & Healing Benefits:
- Osha root is a perennial herb that belongs to the parsley family. It grows at elevations of 6,000 to 11,700 feet in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Madre region in Mexico.
- The indigenous Americans used both the seeds and roots as food. The leaves of the Osha plant are also edible, taste a bit like wild carrot, and can be added to foods such as soups
- Spiritually Osha Root was burned to ward of evil spirits, and carried by tribal members to ward off snakes, for warriors, and for those who must face their own demons.
- The Roots were also chewed by tribal members to increase endurance. Osha’s ability to support a healthy respiratory system may have supported this claim.
- Osha Root has Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Osha is a warming herb and has been used to heal conditions of the respiratory system such as coughs, tonsillitis, influenza, and viral infections.
- Osha’s wonderful anti-viral properties are still acknowledged today. It Is used in tincture or tea form for the healing of the early signs of the common cold and flu. It is particularly good for those who travel to high altitudes or for hiking long distances as it promotes better respiration.
- Osha also contains a hormone known as oxytocin (also known as the love hormone),
Osha has been overharvested and is a rare medicine and must be wildcrafted sustainably and ethically.
Dosage: Internally 5-10 drops in some water up to 3 times a day.
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