Calamus (Acorus calamus) is a tall green monocot of flowering grass. It is a popular plant with many names including beewort, bitter pepper root, flag root, gladdon, myrtle flag, sweet flag, sweet sedge and others.
The effects of calamus root both energize and reduce anxiety thus why it is considered a powerful balancing herb.
It has been used for healing, spiritual, and culinary uses.
Used as an anti-anxiety...
While Calamus root fights fatigue, it also has a calming effect. Though the two effects would seem to contradict each other, the effect is one of alert relaxation. Users of Calamus root report feeling both emotionally relaxed and ready to face the day.
Laxative and Diuretic
Calamus root has both laxative and diuretic properties, making it useful for increasing urination and relieving constipation.
Counteract the Side Effects of Hallucinogens
A common complaint of hallucinogens is the severity of the side effects. Few hallucinogens are without the side effects of nausea and dizziness. Calamus root has long been used to combat these effects.
Mild Pain Reliever
Calamus root is often chewed to ease the sore throat and run down feeling associated with the cold or flu.
Methods of Use
Eaten as an herb
Calamus is eaten both for its herbal properties as well as for its flavor. Native americans would commonly cut pieces of the root and chew it for the effect. Calamus root can be bought whole or in pieces, very much like ginger.
As an Infusion or Tea
The dried root can be used to make a tea that holds the properties of the herb.
As a Smoking Blend
Calamus root can be bought as a dried powder or cutted to add to smoking blends. Many people add it to their spiritual and visionary blends. Native Americans also used the herb in combination with tobacco to treat headaches.
- Users of Calamus root report:
- Feeling more energetic
- Feeling less anxiety
- Relief from sore throat
- Relief from headaches
- A decrease in the side effects of hallucinogens
Calamus Root~ VASCHA C/S
...Unlike many herbs used for their healing and spiritual properties, Calamus Root has a very agreeable taste. It is sometimes used as a substitute for ginger or cinnamon when a hot sweet taste is desired.
This makes the most common means of ingestion, which is chewing the herb for its effects, much more enjoyable. The results of Calamus root are varied and mainly positive.
Calamus was banned as a food additive by the US Food and Drug Administration after lab studies with a chemical in Calamus was found to be possibly carcinogenic. However, the diploid strain of the Calamus plant is believed to be a safe option as it does not contain the chemical used in the study.
In traditional Chinese medicine, calamus tea was known as an effective solution to treat chest congestion and related health conditions like bronchitis. Actually calamus tea is considered very good for all sorts of respiratory system infections and ailments as it has the platycodon compounds which are especially effective for treating laryngitis.
The mentioned health benefits of calamus tea can serve well to those who are heavy smokers, because this natural remedy can relieve the toxic burden on lungs caused by a regular tobacco usage, as well as can assist in combating the nasty tobacco dependence.
Calamus tea benefits can be used by those who suffer from high fever as this natural remedy has very good febrifuge properties.
Finally, in Oriental folk medicine possesses quite a few recipes for homemade remedies to reduce eye infection and irritation. The most commonly used of those include using calamus infusion in conjunction with chrysanthemum flower infusion and lycii fruit. This herbal preparation can be used as an eyewash.