More commonly known as Osha Root (Ligusticum porteri), Bear Root received its name because bears were witnessed harvesting the roots of this plant after hibernation. Once dried, these roots can be used in teas, tinctures or by simply cutting a small piece off and chewing it. This root is used to treat sore throat, coughs, headaches and sinus infections. People also apply the root on cuts and scrapes due to its antibacterial properties. The root can also be used to treat gastrointestinal discomfort and to stimulate appetite.
To use: Cut a small portion of root and chew to produce a numbing effect on the throat. Teas can be made by steeping the root in hot water for 30 mins to 5 hrs. Tinctures can be made by finely shredding the root in water and beeswax and combining until uniform. Burn and inhale deeply to relieve headaches and sinus problems.