Calamus can be used to help digestive problems, nervous complaints, and headaches, and is also used to increase the appetite. A biblical oil. Calamus was an herb traditionally used in Egypt and India to help improve mental focus, wisdom and sexuality. In China it was used to aid in the recovery from Stroke. Singers can use Calamus to numb their throat so they can clear the phlegm, and keep singing. It can also be used to help reduce the desire for tobacco. When rubbed on the feet, it may help with foot odor. It also helps with asthma, bronchitis, colic, memory loss, stroke and depression.
"This ancient essential oil is rich in phenylpropanoids and is usually used in combination with other essential oils. It was used in holy anointing oil and incense and for perfumes. It was an aromatic stimulant and a tonic for the digestive system. Today it is used to relax muscles, relieve inflammation, support the respiratory system, and clear kidney congestion after intoxication. It is taken orally, inhaled as incense, and applied topically over the abdomen." taken from The Maker's Diet by Jordan S. Rubin
Calamus oil, Nepal (Species: Acorus calamus L., fam. Araceae)
-has a sweet lasting odor, warm, woody-spicy with increasingly sweet body-notes. Some experts compare the scent to dried milk or sweet leather. Novices have described the odor as similar to a shoe repair shop or milk truck.
The main constituent is a phenolether, Asarone, which is odorless and tasteless.
The Acorus Calamus is a perennial plant known in the lower 48 as "Sweet Flag," "Sweet Root," "Sweet Myrtle," and "Sweet Cinnamon."
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