Osha Root is a Native American herb in the parsley family also known as lovage. It can be found in the high mountains of Southwest. The root is the most potent part and is used for many ailments. I have heard Osha Root referred to as Bear Root by medicine men and women. Medicine people may keep a piece of the root in their medicine pouch, and I’ve even seen some keep a piece in their mouth between the gum and the cheek.
You can add Osha Root to a smudge blend to amplify the effect of clearing away undesired thoughts, feelings, or negativity. You can also keep a piece somewhere on your person to ward off negative energy. It is a beneficial tool if you feel that you are being psychically attacked. The actual root is usually used because Osha Root oil is uncommon.
“Smudging is the traditional spiritual practice of clearing away negative thoughtforms (the manifestation of mental energy) and other negative vibrations with the smoke of burning herbs, typically dried sage. The sage used for smudging is usually either high desert sage or white wide-leaf sage and is often bound into a bundle called a smudge bundle.
When and Why to Smudge Yourself or Your Space
Because old thoughtforms and other negative vibes tend to accumulate no matter how clear you try to keep yourself or a space, it is a good idea to smudge every so often to continue to attract positive vibrations into your life. Smudge any time you feel that negative thoughtforms, including your own, have gotten stuck in your energy field.
You know you need to smudge or clear your space when chaos is present, arguments abound, anger presents itself, or general feelings of agitation and frustration exist. If an argument just occurred, clear your space. If you encountered an unpleasant situation, clear yourself. If your children are unruly and your spouse is cranky, clear your space.
How to Smudge
You can use either a ready-made smudge bundle, make your own smudge bundle, or use loose herbs. Smokeless alternatives are also available and will be discussed a little later. To use loose herbs for smudging, you will need herb-burning charcoal discs as well as a dish to hold the burning herbs. Abalone shells are often used for this purpose since they are sturdy and represent the element air. When a shell is used, the vibration of all four elements—earth, fire, air, and water—is present. (The dried herbs represent earth, the burning embers represent fire, and the smoke represents air.) When all four elements are working together, the cleansing effects are magnified.”