Root, Whole, Dark from Mexico (SKU 0446)
Large and highly aromatic root of Ligusticum porteri.
For powdered form, please see our Sacred Incense range.
Related to Lovage (Levisticum officinale) and a member of the Umbelliferae (Carrot family), Osha is a perennial, growing above 7,000 feet throughout the entire Rocky Mountain range from Mexico to Canada. The plant stands about two or three feet in height and posseses the characteristic umbel (umbrella) flower shape, and leaves that look a little like Parsley (Petroselinum crispum). It can be stubborn and strong, often growing in aspen groves among their roots, making digging very difficult. It is one of the few herbs that can be dried in the sun without harm and will last for years in the dried form. It will not rot because of the potent antibacterial and antiviral substances in the root.
A heavy base note, with a deeply warming, intense and distinctive fragrance.
Many tribes burn Osha for ritual purification to ward off airborne illness in their homes and also subtle negative influences and thoughts. The strength of this herb is immediately apparent by its strong odour.
This is a natural product, used as incense or in perfumery, or as an ingredient of incense and other perfumery or potpourri preparations.
Some incense plants or products may have some history of other folklore purposes, but we offer this product for its use as incense. Not food grade, not for consumption.
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