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Calamus Oil Health Benefits

Sweet Flag or Calamus is a tall perennial wetland monocot of the Acoraceae family, in the genus Acorus. Sweet flag has a very long history of medicinal use in Chinese and Indian herbal traditions.The leaves, stems, and roots are used in various Siddha and Ayurvedic medicines.


It is widely employed in modern herbal medicine as its sedative, laxative, diuretic, and carminative properties. It’s essential oil is derived from fresh or dried roots through steam distillation.


The Essential Oil of Calamus is known for its anti-spasmodic properties. It relaxes all sorts of spasms, but is particularly effective on nervous spasms.


Therefore, in cases of nervous afflictions and disturbances, this essential oil can be administered, but only in very mild doses.


This herb has traditionally been smoked, eaten, or brewed into a tea, decoction, extract, tincture and syrup. Widely used north of the equator, Calamus was used by the ancient Greeks, throughout Europe as a medicinal, and by the aboriginal peoples of North America.


In the British Isles, its insecticidal and antimicrobial properties made it a favourite to use for thatch. Most of the effects of this essential oil deal with the brain and the nervous system.


Therefore, as expected, this oil is a nervine and helps maintain the ideal health of the nervous system. It helps recover them from shock and other damage.


It also reduces chances of epileptic fits, hysteric attacks, and various nervous afflictions. It has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of digestive disorders and childhood colic.


Infusions of the rhizome have been suggested for the treatment of fever, and chewing the rhizome has been said to relieve irritated throats and to remove the odour of tobacco.


Caution is advised on the use of this essential oil, since large doses can cause mild hallucinations. The essential oil in the roots of this plant contains the compound asarone. This has tranquillizing and antibiotic activity, but is also potentially toxic.

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