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The outstanding antiviral properties of the Osha root are still recognized today. In fact, it is still used as early medication for the common cold and flu. Most people actually take this root at the first signals of coughing and sneezing. It is very effective as treatment for respiratory conditions such as sinus congestion, sore throat and inflammations in the bronchus. Because of this, the Osha root, together with honey, has become an essential ingredient in herbal cough syrups. These cough syrups can also be taken by those traveling to higher altitudes or for those who will be doing long-distance hiking as it promotes easy breathing.

Other people powder the root and drink it as tea, add it to thier favorite smoking blend and apply it as a topical treatment for skin infections. It has also been reported to be effective against indigestion, muscle cramps and ulcers. Because of its medical uses, capsule versions of the root combined with other Native American herbs have been produced and sold locally for easier intake. 

Some burned it as a purifying incense for protection from evil spirits and dangerous pathogens.

Osha has been fervently used for centuries, in ways similar to Echinacea.

Native American runners chewed roots for increased endurance.

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