Osha

Osha

Common name Loveroot, Lovage, Porter’s Lovage, Porter’s Ligusticum, Osha, Chuchupate, Wild Parsley

Latin name Ligusticum porteri 

Parts used Root


System affinities

It is particularly sympathetic to the respiratory and immune systems.


Energetics/characteristics/dosha

It is energetically relaxing and heating.  It is antihistamine, antiviral, and anesthetic.  


Taste/Quality

It is pungent and butter.


Indications

To soothe sore throats and irritation of the gums, the root may be chewed raw. Boiling the root into a tea helps loosen phlegm and is an effective treatment for viral colds and flu. Osha Root is arguably the best American herb for lung and throat infections. It stimulates the macrophages or resident white blood cells of the lungs, numbs sore throats, bronchio-dilates the lungs to assist in expectoration, warms the lungs and helps one to breathe more deeply.




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History/lore

Having a wide variety of medicinal properties and being highly valued, it was commonly traded among Native Americans, so tribes far removed from the plants’ indigenous area also utilized the herb in their ceremonies and medicines.




Habitat

mountain woodlands throughout the Southwest United States. 




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