Help Us Protect Osha!

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As we witness a widespread interest and demand for North America’s wild medicinal plants grow, we must also recognize the increasing pressure placed on these precious plant communities. Encouraging better study and management of these incredible plants is imperative to ensure healthy future harvests and protection of our eco-systems.

One of these special plants can be found growing at high elevations among the groves of aspens, firs, and oaks of the Rocky Mountains from Montana down into New Mexico. The aromatic roots of Osha (Ligusticum porteri) are treasured by herbalists for their medicinal uses and historical significance. Unfortunately, Osha is very difficult, if at all possible, to cultivate successfully and has a limited range within a sensitive environment. Because all commercially available Osha root is wild harvested, it is crucial to understand the long term sustainability of current harvesting techniques.

We need to learn more about how to protect these populations and support healthy regeneration rates.

 

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Want to help us protect Osha?

We are very excited to partner with the American Herbal Products Association’s Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals, also known as AHPA-ERB, to raise funds for an important study that will help determine the range, availability, and recovery rate of Osha after harvesting from the wild.  All of us here at Mountain Rose Herbs are proud to support this study!

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

 

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Our goal will always be to place plants, people, and planet before profit!

Please help Mountain Rose and the AHPA-ERB Foundation protect this plant by donating to the Osha Sustainability Study.

 

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5 Responses to “Help Us Protect Osha!”

  1. avatar Michael Beard says:

    I really wanted to contribute but felt extremely ineffective when all I oculd afford would have been $20 and your first suggested amount was $500. I also appreciate the notice that the contribution page was not secure to sent any information over. I think these are two major road blocks when trying to get funding. Make it as easy as possible and try not to belittle those of us who would love to help but feel dimunitive with the lising of amounts.

    • avatar Erin says:

      Hi Michael,
      I am so sorry to hear that, but definitely understand your feelings and will pass your concerns on to the folks over at AHPA.

      This form was originally created when the organizers started requesting donations from companies like ours. We felt so passionate about the cause, that we wanted to spread the word to individuals as well.

      Please know that $20 would be welcomed and greatly appreciated! The listed amounts are in no way meant to discourage smaller (and very much needed) donations from individual herb loving folks.

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      ~Erin

  2. avatar Chris Kelsey says:

    This alarm sounds similar to one I saw being raised by activists warning about the growing consumption of quinoa by bi-coastal American fitness enthusiasts because of the ethical sustainability impact its increased demand is having on South Americans.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if health and wellness enthusiasts are later to learn scientifically that the effect of the benefits they derive from herbs and grains are tied to their sustainability and the effect they have on others besides them.
    I’m not wary of quinoa and amaranth as traditionally cultivated war grains, and I’ll now be on the look out for Osha and other herbs which may be threatened by increased demand and therefore might be hitting us with unforeseen negative side-effects.
    Thanks for the info!

  3. avatar Cat Farneman says:

    We have been harvesting Osha root for about 20 years now. We always harvest where it is plentiful and only take what we need. We only dig down about a shovel depth as we were told if you leave roots behind they will grow a new plant. We always fill in the hole and then take one of the crowns off the root just dug and replant it. Then we scatter seeds into the forest duff as we repair any digging damage, so the area looks as natural as we found it except that now a plant is missing. We only harvest in the fall when the seeds are full and ripe. We rotate our harvesting areas so we do not visit the same site any more often than about 5 years. When we do return there are many young plants now growing there. We love osha root and share it with many people who need it. It grows about 15 minutes up the mountain from our home. I only know of about 5 other people who harvest in that area and they are all very careful to keep the osha sustainable. I’m glad this study is being done, but I hope it doesn’t bring unwanted attention to the osha plants, which might threaten it even more.

    One thing we have noticed is that when we first started harvesting osha root the plant had mainly one large tap root per crown. Over the past 10 years of drought conditions, the osha plant has started sending out many smaller roots nearer to the surface of the ground to collect the shallow water. We aren’t getting the deep snows that send water down deep. The large tap roots are often rotted off and only the surface water gathering roots are healthy. We are encouraged by the adaptability of this plant–adapting to changing conditions so it can survive.

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