Osha Root is viewed as having great power and luck which is why it is often carried but can also be burnt to produce a powerful and spicy aroma.
“Osha is used as an herbal remedy for a general array of problems by the Pueblo Indians. As a talisman, Native Americans believe osha wards off rattlesnakes when worn around the ankles.”
Osha Root – Luck, purification
The root of Osha (Ligusticum poteri), also known as ‘Bear Root’ and occasionally ‘Snake Root’ distinctively lies above the ground and is normally quite large, hairy and dark brown in colour. It’s found growing in areas above 10,000 feet in altitude, often in rugged alpine clearings. It has acquired different names over the years, such as Porter’s Lovage, Indian Parsley and Bear Medicine.
North Americans view the herb as having great power and luck, and as such it’s often carried as a lucky talisman. When burnt, it produces a warm and slightly spicy aroma, which is believed to purify the air. Some Native American peoples carry the root of the osha plant (ligusticum poteri) because it is thought to protect against negative influences and negative thoughts. Osha is associated with dreaming and helps you to realise that there is magic in everything, including you. It helps to lift a veil between the conscious and unconscious worlds. Osha is a powerful, spicy-smelling root that may be sprinkled onto the rocks in a sweat lodge, or burnt directly. Traditionally, osha root was sometimes ingested to cause a sweat or fever that could release toxins from the body.
1 oz bag.