(Ligusticum porter) aka - Bear Root
Osha is an important perennial that inhabits the dry, upland meadows and ravines of the Rocky Mountains. The beneficial part of the Osha plant is the root, which has long been used and considered sacred by Native Americans for colds, coughs, and other respiratory ailments. The root contains oils, including camphor, saponins, ferulic acid, terpenes, and phytosterols. Because of these, Osha is, arguably, the best American herb for lung and throat problems. Osha root can help alleviate breathing problems in a number of capacities. Osha root helps clear mucus from the sinuses and lungs by increasing expectoration; this relieves congestion and makes breathing easier. Osha root also increases blood circulation to the lungs, which increases dilation during constriction. For this reason, it is of particular interest in treating emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, and allergies. The broncho-dilating effect is underscored by Osha root’s ability to help the lungs by increasing oxygen utilization and uptake in the body. It is believed the increased blood oxygenation is facilitated by an increase in gas exchange through the alveoli in the lungs. In simpler terms, Osha root helps one to take deeper breaths. One of the most notable benefits of Osha root is its numbing effect, used to help soothe the irritated tissue of a sore throat.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Osha Root may provide relief for:
• Bronchial Issues
- Osha Root (Ligusticum porter) aka - Bear Root Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Osha Root may provide relief for: • Asthma • Bronchial Issues • Emphysema • Pneumonia