Whether you are looking to heal the respiratory system, fight off winter chest colds, or warding off deep chest coughs, osha root, aka Bear Root, is a master healer.
Osha is a magical medicine, robust and purifying. Lore tells us when bears wake from hibernation, they dig up Osha Roots, eat them and bathe in their purifying herbal wash. This helps to explain why Osha Root is also known as Bear medicine. It is revered as a great protector, carried to ward off snake bites, and wrongdoing, hung over doorways in homes, and placed near newborn babies.
The root contains oils, including camphor, saponins, ferulic acid, terpenes, and phytosterols all serving as respiratory healers.
Osha acts as an expectorant, clearing mucous from lungs and sinuses to aid in decongestion. It also helps to increase blood flow to the lungs, relieving constriction. Osha also aids the lungs in pulling in more oxygen, resulting in clearer and deeper breaths.
Infusing Osha Root in honey helps to mellow out Osha’s well-known bitter flavor, making it much more palatable. Honey and Osha meld together to create a medicine that can be taken on its own, mixed into tea, or the naturally candied pieces of osha root in the honey can be chewed on.
Honey also has amazing healing properties on its own. It contains antimicrobial properties, soothes sore throats, and kills bacteria, such as those that cause the flu. Honey is also beneficial to the digestive tract, helping to heal ulcers and upset stomachs and has been proven to control intestinal function, relieving both constipation and diarrhea. Containing antioxidants, honey also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is useful as a sleep aid, hair loss, controlling weight, and treating tooth decay, only to mention a few.
There is no need to strain the osha root out of the honey. The chunks can be chewed on for its medicinal properties. Up to one teaspoon of osha root honey is a good starter dosage for an adult. It can be taken straight or placed in tea. Take it when you first feel a cold/flu coming on and take a spoonful or two a day throughout as well.
Do not give to children under a year old. Do not take while pregnant.