She goes by many names, Chuchupate, Hunawpi, Wasike, Oshá, Shush, Empress of the Dark Forest, Bear Root, Colorado Cough Root, Nawpi, Porter’s Lovage, Loveroot and Lingusticum porteri to name a few. Oshá is frequently referred to as ‘Bear Medicine’ due to indigenous peoples learning how to use it after watching Bears digging it up and eating it immediately after coming out of hibernation (yes, animals use plants as medicine) to help warm up sluggish body systems and to clear out mucous. Bears have even been found w/ Oshá root that they had stuffed into deep cuts and bullet wounds on themselves.
The very potent roots of Oshá have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory warming properties that have long been used as a treatment for respiratory conditions, sinus congestion, at the first sign of a cough and chewed by those traveling/hiking/climbing in higher altitudes to encourage easier breathing. Oshá has a warm, dirty spiciness, that heats you up from the inside out and also contains snuggle inducing Oxytocin (thus one of her nicknames ‘Loveroot’) so it should not be used by pregnant women due to it’s uterine stimulating effects. We dug and gathered these precious roots with our hands to preserve the life of the plant and infused them into raw Rocky Mountain wildflower honey. Enjoy a spoonful directly or add to hot tea/water as needed.