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Osha (Ligusticun porteri)

Osha (Ligusticun porteri)

Common Names: Mountain ginseng, indian root, lung warrior, bear medicine, wild lovage, mountain carrot, colorado cough root, empress of the dark root. chuchupate (Mexico)

Family: Apiaceae

Parts Used: Root

Constituents: lactone, glycoside, sappinins, plant steriles, volatile oil, fixed oil, zeligustide (enables to the plant to fight bacteria or yeast prior to entering the body)

Medicinal Actions: Anesthetic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, carminative, circulatory stimulant, aromatic, diuretic, expectorant, decongestant, diaphoretic, anti-histamine, stimulates immune system, anti-inflammatory, bitter, warming, emmenagogue

Medicinal Use:

  1. Respiratory health: Osha root may have a beneficial effect on the respiratory system by reducing inflammation and increasing circulation in the lungs, making it useful for treating conditions such as coughs, bronchitis, and asthma.

  2. Immune system support: Osha root may help to support the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections.

  3. Digestive health: Osha root may help to reduce inflammation and irritation in the digestive tract, making it useful for treating conditions such as ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

  4. Pain relief: Osha root may have analgesic properties and may help to reduce pain caused by conditions such as headaches and menstrual cramps.

  5. Wound healing: Topical application of osha root may help to promote wound healing and reduce inflammation and infection.

Historically, osha root was used by Native American tribes for a wide range of health conditions, including respiratory infections, digestive disorders, and pain relief. It was also used as a smudging herb in spiritual practices.

Contraindications: During pregnancy or breastfeeding.