Calamus Root c/s
Botanical Name - Acorus calamus
Other Names - myrtle grass, gladdon, beewort, sweet flag
Origin - Poland
Calamus root is NOT recommended for internal use.
Typical Preparations - Calamus root is used to make infused oils and extracts for use in soaps, skin lotions, hair and body care products and perfumes.
Add to potpourri mixture and herbal pillows.
Sweet flag was used as a strewing herb to hide the odorous consequences of poor sanitation during the middle ages in Europe. In North America, natives chewed on the root as a stimulant much like coffee or cocoa, a practice later adopted by Canadian trappers employed by the Hudson Bay Company.
Sweet flag root contains a group of compounds called asarones, which produce a mild narcotic effect. In fact, calamus root is reputed to be a key ingredient in “flying ointments” used to promote hallucinogenic states of consciousness. It’s interesting to note that while witches of medieval Europe were using calamus to “fly,” members of the North American Cree tribe used the root to "travel great distances without touching the ground."
Although calamus root has been used as a flavoring agent for various beverages, tooth powders and candies, and still is in some parts of the world, use of the root or essential oil as flavoring or food has been banned in the United States since 1968.
Packaging - We package all of our herbal, fruit powders and spices in a heat sealed mylar bag which serves as a very effective barrier to light, oxygen, odors, flavors, moisture, and bacteria. The bag can be resealed with any household iron or curling iron.
Precautions - NOT recommended for internal use. If you are taking any other herbs or supplements please consult with a qualified health-care provider before starting any new regimen. If you are pregnant or breast feeding, consult with your physician before taking.
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