Calamus –Acorus Calamus - Herb
Blending Note: Middle to Base
Main Benefits: Memory Boosting, Nervine, Stimulant, and Tranquilizing
Properties: Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Diuretic, Laxative, Sedative, Anti-Rheumatic, Anti-Spasmodic,
Origin: Europe, Asia
Other Producing Countries: Himalayas, Europe, Australia, New Guinea, South Africa, Réunion and
Allergy Warning: Calamus essential oil possesses many healing and beneficial properties. However, it also has some harmful properties. Calamus essential oil is not used for internal consumption. That is because this essential oil is toxic and considered a carcinogen. This has not been proven however this essential oil seems to have procarcinogenic effect on ingested. Calamus essential oil can induce strong hallucinations and convulsions. So, in small amounts, it is quite medicinal, although turning toxic and harmful at high concentrations. It has narcotic effects as well and can cause convulsions and hallucinations if taken in high doses. Studies have shown that its oral ingestion can cause prolonged severe convulsions and tumors.
The name calamus means cane. The Bible mentions it's use Exodus 30: 23. Although not native to Egypt, this plant was already mentioned in Papyrus dating to approximately 1300 BC. The ancient Egyptians rarely mentioned the plant in medicinal contexts but it was certainly used to make perfumes. The plant was introduced to Britain in the late 16th century. By 1596, true calamus was grown in Britain. John Gerard Grew a list of plants in his home at Holborn. Gerard notes "It prospereth exceeding well in my garden, but as yet bearth neither flowers nor stalke". In Britain the plant was cut for use as a sweet smelling floor covering for the packed earth floors of dwellings and churches. The roofing materials for English homes were also built with Calamus.
Calamus essential oil is obtained through steam distillation, and as such it is pure and organic. It contains the original ingredients of calamus root without any transformation because of the use of solvents or chemicals.
Its rhizome is used as a spice, similar to ginger. It is also called German ginger when used in crystalline form. Calamus has been an item of trade in many cultures for thousands of years. It has been used medicinally for a wide variety of ailments and its aroma makes calamus essential oil valued in the perfume industry. The leaves, stems, and roots are used in various Ayurvedic and Siddha medicines Calamus is known as Its essential oil is derived from fresh or dried roots through steam distillation. Calamus is a plant that grows best in watery, marshy places. Although toxic, the Essential Oil of Calamus has many medicinal properties
Arthritis, Rheumatism, Gout, Blood Circulation, Memory-Boosting, Headaches, Vertigo, Sedative Epileptic Fits, Hysteric Attacks, Hormones, Sleeplessness, Insomnia, Neuralgia
Flavour for pipe tobacco, Wine additive, Perfume