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  • OSHA ROOT ; ALSO CALLED BEAR ROOT 1/2 POUND BAGS

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     Ligusticum porteri, (also called bear root) is an important perennial herb that inhabits the dry, upland meadows and ravines of the Rocky Mountain. The beneficial part of the  plant is the root, which has long been used and considered sacred by Native Americans for cold, cough, and other respiratory ailments. The root contains oils, including camphor, saponins, ferulic acid, terpenes, and phytosterols. Because of the range of mechanisms it has,  root is, arguably, the best American herb for lung and throat problems.

    Bear Root as Relief for Respiratory Problems

    Bear root can help alleviate breathing problems in a number of capacities. Bear root helps clear mucus from the sinuses and lungs by increasing expectoration; this relieves congestion and makes breathing easier.Bear root also increases blood circulation to the lungs, which increases dilation during constriction. For this reason, it is of particular interest as a support mechanism for emphysema, pneumonia, asthma, and allergies. The bronchodilating effect is compounded by root’s ability to help the efficacy of 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.


    Symptoms

    Bear  root is commonly used as a multi-therapy for cold and flu symptoms. The root has demonstrated activity against harmful organisms and, when taken at the onset of cold, may help reduce the window of time in which indications are experienced. Although osha root doesn’t have a direct antihistamine action, its effect is similar, and using a root tincture during a histamine flare up can lessen indications of head colds and respiratory ailments. One of the most notable benefits of Bear root is its numbing effect, used to help soothe the irritated tissue of a sore throat. It has been an ingredient in cough drops and lozenges and can even be made into a cough syrup that is more effective than echinacea and goldenseal.

    Although Bear root should not be taken by pregnant or nursing women, the plant is considered safe and not associated with any negative side effects. Because the plant is difficult to grow in commercial cultivation environments, it is generally sold as wildcrafted and available in sprays, tinctures, and capsule forms.


    Directions: Prepare as a tea - Pour 8 oz of boiling water (212 deg F) over 1-2 tsp. of herb. Cover and steep 5-10 minutes, strain, and serve.

    Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy.


    Latin Name: Ligusticum porter
    Common Names: Osha Root

    Ligusticum porteri was commonly used by the Apaches and other native tribes as a snake and insect repellent because of its strong odor. The Apache tribe also believed that Bear Root could be used as an aid in cases of common colds, sore throats, cough, sinusitis, and other side effects of the winter season.

    Bear  Root is thought to be a potent antiviral and antibacterial agent, which can help with bronchial infections and sore throats. Chewing directly on the Whole Bear Root is thought to cause perspiration which may enhances the body's immune system. While the Bear Root has a distinct and bitter taste, these dried herbs also have a numbing effect which soothes sore throats.

    Tea made from Bear Root may also relieve some gastrointestinal discomfort, in particular indigestion and vomiting due to an upset stomach. This natural herb is also sometimes used as a way to increase appetite and topically on cuts and scrapes because of its powerful antibacterial qualities. Some believe the potent properties of the Bear Root may be used for head colds with dry cough; certain stages of pharyngitis; early stages of tonsillitis; coughs; influenza with persistent coughing; dry, hot fevers; and acute bronchial pneumonia.


    Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy.




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