Out of all the endangered plants that I have written about, Osha has the strongest pull on my heart. This medicine, known as Bear Medicine, is powerful and effective in ways that I haven’t found other plants to be as profound or effective. My favorite uses include histamine reactions such as pet dander (and it’s equally good for those who have dairy allergies and need some quick help after accidentally ingesting some) and for high altitude sickness. Osha is probably best known for his use for the respiratory system and it’s no wonder because he is quite effective for helping to warm and dry up cold, phlemy lungs, coughs, and other respiratory complaints. Osha is also useful for various digestive and women’s reproductive issues as well.
Happily, more research and studies are being done on Osha to determine the best ways of cultivation. Unlike most other plants, Osha is VERY particular about where he grows and unfortunately, this is one plant I cannot grow here in the midwest as he needs the high altitude to survive and thrive.
Learn all about Osha in this issue of Herbal Roots zine.
Issue 131 – Augmenting Osha
Table of Contents:
Note to Parents
All About Osha
Scramble, Search and More: Circle the Energetics, List the Vitamins and Minerals, List the Constituents, Word Search, Word Scramble, Multiple Choice
Herbal Lore: Osha and the Bear
Songs and Poems: Ligusticum Porteri, Osha Haiku
Herbal Recipes: Osha Extract, Osha Decoction, Candied Osha Roots, Osha Syrup, Osha Infused Honey, Compresses, Fomentations, Poultices, and Plasters
Herbal Crafts: Draw Osha, Clay Tile Osha Etching
How Many Words
Maze: Help the Bear find the Osha Patch
**NEW** Habitat Cultivation & Substitutions
Journal: Write your thoughts, medicine making notes and other information about your month with Osha
56 pages from Cover to Cover – PDF downloadable file