Also known as
Acorus americanus, Sweet flag
Acorus americanus is a wetland lover with extremely pleasant smelling reed like leaves and most likely originated in India but can now be found growing throughout Europe, Asia and North America, it has been used medicinally and spiritually from Asia to India to Europe and the United states, although it's internal consumption is now restricted by the FDA.
alpha-asarone, beta-asarone, eugenol, elemicin, camphor, borneol
Roots and Rhizome
Calamus has been used in India as a cognition enhancing brain aid, to the Native Americans a stimulant, and in both and Asia as a laxative and diuretic, also a purgative in higher amounts. Chewing small pieces of the root was common practice as was tea, however the FDA has recently declared Calamus unfit for human consumption; contrary to it's long term use in traditions such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, & Native American Medicine, so as such our Calamus is sold for external purposes only such as aromatherapy and perfumery.
Calamus has been an item of reverence and trade in many cultures for thousands of years. Calamus has been used homeopathically for a wide variety of ills, and its smell makes calamus essential oil valued in the perfume industry. American calamus was used by Native American tribes as an entheogen and spiritual herb, and may have a completely different activity than the Indian or common Acorus calamus variety.
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