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Calamus, also referred to as Sweet Sedge or Sweet Flag, is a reed-like plant that grows near water. Calamus comes from the Greek word “calamos” which translates to “a reed”. This member of the Araceae family has sword-shaped leaves and a lovely, pleasant odor.
It was introduced into North America for medicinal, ornamental and other purposes. Sweet Flag is native to India, central Asia, and possibly Eastern Europe. Most known for its scent, Calamus was strewn on the floors of churches and homes during festivals. Oil is made from its rhizomatous root that is strong and fragrant. Calamus is most notably used in perfumery. Sweet flag has a long history of medicinal use in Chinese and Indian herbal traditions. The leaves, stems, and roots are used in various Siddha and Ayurvedic medicines and by the Sikkim of North-eastern India.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Calamus is called vacha, which means “to speak”. Not only is is said to restore the voice in an auditory manner, it is noted to connect one’s heart to their voice, allowing people to clearly speak their truth.
Sweet Flag is one of the most widely and frequently used herbal medicines among the Chipewyan people. The Ojibwe, Menominee and Potawatomie tribes use Sweet flag in an extensive amount of ways that are primarily medicinal. Some of these uses were stomach cramps, cardiovascular health, fevers, toothaches as well as in ceremonial events.
The taste and energetics of Calamus Root are bitter, spicy, sweet, aromatic, warming and astringent. This plant has an affinity towards the digestive system, cardiovascular system, liver, gallbladder, nervous system, musculoskeletal system and respiratory system.
How to use:
The safest way to ingest this plant is in a very small amount as Calamus Root has strong effects. To use this plant you should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner or Gaia Garden Herbalist.
Cautions & contraindications:
Calamus may assist in lowering blood pressure and heart rate. In theory, large amounts of this herb might worsen heart problems in some people with heart conditions. Calamus can depress the central nervous system, especially when combined with anesthesia and other medicines used during surgery; discontinue use at least 2 weeks before a procedure.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.