Herb of the Day: Osha Root

Osha is a high-altitude loving plant.  This plant is native to certain areas of the Rocky Mountains and is a favorite food for bears after hibernation.  Native Americans observed bears enjoying this tasty treat and nicknamed the plant bear root.  It is also commonly known as Colorado Cough Root due to the herbs popularity for use with coughs and other respiratory problems.  Herbalists generally use this plant in teas, tinctures, and extracts. It is also commonly added to herbal steams used during coughs and flu.


  • Cough
  • Flu
  • Colds
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Allergies
  • Expectorant
  • Mucous membrane inflammation
  • Skin detoxification
  • Pneumonia
  • Tonsils
  • Bronchodilator

The Plant

Osha is a rare plant in that it is extremely difficult to cultivate.  This plant is a member of the parsley family and prefers its life in the Rockies.  Most of the herbs we look at can be cultivated in the home garden.  Due to Ligusticum porteri’s affinity for the high Rocky Mountain elevations nearly all osha root that is found has been wild harvested.  Osha root is harvested after the first frost.  It is similar in appearance to several poisonous plants and can only be correctly identified by the root.  Self-harvesting should be completely avoided so as not to harvest the wrong plant.

TriLight Health and Osha

We use Osha in Flew Away and Osha Single Extract

Pregnant women should not use Osha



Photo credit- By JerryFriedman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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