is it found?
This plant can be found in
all areas of the southwest. Including New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona,
Idaho, and Nevada.
does it look like?
Osha “has hollow stems,
flat-topped umbels of seeds and flowers springing from a single juncture
like an umbrella” (Moore, 1979). The flowers
are white and the root is large, dark brown, and hairy.
are the medical uses?
The plant is used to treat
viral infections, sore throats, bronchial inflammations and stomach
indigestion. It is used in China for lowering blood pressure, inducing
uterine contraction, and to slow bleeding.
What chemical are in it?
Osha contains volatile and
fixed oils, a lactone glycoside, an alkaloid (C27H37N3),
phytosterols, soponins, and ferulic acid (Moore, 1979).