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Zoopharmacognosy is derived from the roots “zoo” (animal), “pharma” (drug) and “gnosy” (knowing). Many indigenous cultures would study animals and see what plants they were eating and in return would discover medicinal plants for their own use. One example of this is osha root (Ligusticum porteri), a plant native to the western United States and Mexico. Another name for osha root is bear medicine.

Zoopharmacognosy is derived from the roots “zoo” (animal), “pharma” (drug) and “gnosy” (knowing). Many indigenous cultures would study animals and see what plants they were eating and in return would discover medicinal plants for their own use. One example of this is osha root (Ligusticum porteri), a plant native to the western United States and Mexico. Another name for osha root is bear medicine.

Food and Medicine of Wild Grape 2008 May  The Medicine Womans Roots

Food and Medicine of Wild Grape 2008 May The Medicine Womans Roots

Osha root (Ligusticum poteri) offers a distinctive deep healing power that is connected to the unique conditions of its high altitude home in the Rocky Mountains. Osha is found in sub alpine zones (7,000 to 10,000 feet) from British Colombia south to New Mexico. Called Bear Medicine, Colorado Cough Root, and Mountain Ginseng, this is a root with many uses and a long lineage of reverence among local healers throughout its growing region. Read more on our blog!

Osha root (Ligusticum poteri) offers a distinctive deep healing power that is connected to the unique conditions of its high altitude home in the Rocky Mountains. Osha is found in sub alpine zones (7,000 to 10,000 feet) from British Colombia south to New Mexico. Called Bear Medicine, Colorado Cough Root, and Mountain Ginseng, this is a root with many uses and a long lineage of reverence among local healers throughout its growing region. Read more on our blog!

Blackberry & Raspberry plants in Herbal Medicine~ Blackberry bushes supply us with medicinal leaves, bark, roots, and berries. Blackberry leaves make an astringent tea (or wash), the roots (and bark) are made into decoctions, and all parts are used in tinctures and tonics. www.everygreenher...

Blackberry & Raspberry plants in Herbal Medicine~ Blackberry bushes supply us with medicinal leaves, bark, roots, and berries. Blackberry leaves make an astringent tea (or wash), the roots (and bark) are made into decoctions, and all parts are used in tinctures and tonics. www.everygreenher...

American Ginseng - Famous invigorating, rejunvenating tonic. A woods plant native to eastern North America. Harvest roots in fall of 5th or 6th year. Medicinal: Roots are a bittersweet general energy tonic. Hardiness Zones: 4-8.

American Ginseng - Famous invigorating, rejunvenating tonic. A woods plant native to eastern North America. Harvest roots in fall of 5th or 6th year. Medicinal: Roots are a bittersweet general energy tonic. Hardiness Zones: 4-8.

The roots and bark have been used as an astringent, an appetite stimulant (bitter), a blood tonic, and a sedative. Modern herbalists use chokecherry to relieve chest congestion and lung disorders. It is also a very effective expectorant. The roots of the plant have more medicinal qualities than the inner bark of the limbs and trunk. It is also said that an infusion of the bark can be used to soothe pink eye.

The roots and bark have been used as an astringent, an appetite stimulant (bitter), a blood tonic, and a sedative. Modern herbalists use chokecherry to relieve chest congestion and lung disorders. It is also a very effective expectorant. The roots of the plant have more medicinal qualities than the inner bark of the limbs and trunk. It is also said that an infusion of the bark can be used to soothe pink eye.

Common pokeweed has a distinctive, red, smooth stem with large fleshy leaves.

Common pokeweed has a distinctive, red, smooth stem with large fleshy leaves.

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed

Propiedades de la Malva sylvestris. Infografía - Farmacognosia. Plantas medicinales

Propiedades de la Malva sylvestris. Infografía - Farmacognosia. Plantas medicinales

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