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While easily recognizable and commonly known as Wild Parsley, Loveroot, Ligusticum, Osha or Chuchupate, people rarely know how to use Osha Root to treat sore throats.

This root is commonly found in the West, typically in the southern areas of the Rocky Mountains and in dry upland meadows.

Herb is Member of the Parsley Family

Osha Root faces extinction where it normally grows in the wild. It is a fern-like plant with two-toned leaves and grows in big patches. One unique features is that the leaves turn gold in the fall, from their natural green.

Osha Root Has Many Medicinal Properties

The essential oil of the plant can be used for medicinal treatments, as well as the seed and root of the plant. Treatments can be for sore throats, gum irritation, help with circulation or to help the kidneys or uterus function better. Colds and flu can be treated by boiling a tea using the root, while an infusion of the root can be used for body aches and powdered Osha Root is helpful for cough syrup. The root can also help with various respiratory conditions, like allergies, pnuemonia, emphysema and asthma.

In order to treat a stomach condition, fever, painful cramps due to a woman’s menses or issues after pregnancy, Osha Root can help with these conditions as well. Lung and throat infections, viral colds and flu, lung congestion or even secondary infections can be treated with Osha Root. This is because it assists in dilation of the lungs and stimulates the white blood cells of the lungs, as well as warming the lungs so the individual can breathe deeply again.

The root can be chewed raw or boiled, it can be used in a tea or it can be powdered for use in mixtures like cough syrup. An infusion of roots can be useful as well.

This root has been recognized as a helpful plant for various diseases far back into history. It can be used in such a variety of ways and helps to expand the lungs and soften phlegm, among other helpful reactions to its use.

Healers in Native American tribes used this root for remedies for the tribe. Others have learned its usefulness since then. The plant, however, is in danger of extinction due to massive use and its relatively rare locations that can grow the plant to its liking. The location of moist ground in otherwise dry meadows in the Rocky Mountains can be a challenge for the plant’s floating seeds.

It would be sad to see the end of the Osha Plant in the wild due to its varied usefulness and its sheer success at treating conditions that occur regularly with few options for relief. Therefore, this plant would be missed if it were to go extinct. It is hoped that a comeback can be staged by such a useful plant that grows in still wild portions of the United States that are not taken over by human inhabitants.