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Calamus Root Hydrosol

Calamus Root Hydrosol
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Latin Binomial: Acorus calamus L.
Plant Part: Root
Extraction: Steam Distilled
Growing Practice: Ethical
Country of Origin: Canada

2 oz and 4 oz sizes are sold in colored glass bottles with a spritzer cap; the 8 oz size is sold in a colored bottle with a polycone cap.

Calamus root hydrosol is completely β-asarone free (unlike it's European and Asian relatives).

BioChemical Class: Ketone

From the Acoraceae family, Acorus calamus is a tall perennial wetland monocot with scented leaves and more strongly scented rhizomes. Commonly known as sweet flag, or sweet root, its Sanskrit name is vacha. While it is thought to have originated in Central Asia or India in the common areas that surround the Himalayas, this very decorative plant now grows wild in all temperate zones of Europe, Asia and America, along brooks, rivers, lakes, etc. It was introduced to N. America by early European settlers who grew it for medicinal purposes. The muskrat appears to be an animal responsible for its profliferation because they eat the rhizomes and collect them for future use, and under proper conditions, the pieces may produce new roots. Because the rhizomes can be dried without a substantial loss of essential oil provided they are kept unpeeled, distillation can take place in many countries far from the country of plant origin. The plant has branched, aromatic rhizomes with sword-like leaves that are sharp pointed with a ridged midrib running the entire length.. In late spring, green flowers appear in 2 to 4 long spadices below the leaf tips. Flowers eventually give way to small berries. Calamus grows in both temperate and sub-temperate areas of the globe.

The blue flag, also called poison flag, has similar leaves to those of calamus. Blue flag rhizomes can be dangerously toxic, so if you are wildcrafting this plant, make sure you can tell the difference.

An excellent liver assistance for either infection or weakness of the organ. Can be combined with Labrador Tea Hydrosol for this purpose. Use in this way is both in compress and diluted for internal consumption. It is also a good astringent and therefore useful in topical applications.
Acorus calamus root has a long history of medical usage. It is known as an old folk remedy for the treatment of arthritis, neuralgia, diarrhea, dyspepsia, hair loss and other disorders.

The plant is mentioned by many of the great classical writers on medicine, from Hippocrates (460-377 BC) and Theophrastus (371-287 BC) onwards. According to Dioscorides, the smoke of Acorus calamus (if taken orally through a funnel) relieves a cough.

For centuries, many Native American tribes were familiar with calamus. It was used as an anesthetic for toothache and headaches. So mainly it was used as folk medicine. The Cree say that they can take Acorus calamus root and travel great distances without touching the ground.

Calamus or sweet flag is or was known by the American Indian tribes and early settlers, was well known for its medicinal value. Although the preparation of this species and the ailments it treats vary somewhat among the tribes, rhizomes are the most commonly used part.

The unpeeled, dried rhizome was listed in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia until 1916 and in the National Formulary until 1950, for medicinal use on humans. In Europe, it is used for the stomach and bowel because it stimulates the salivary glands and production of stomach juices, helping to counter acidity and ease heartburn and dyspepsia.

Calamus root hydrosol is completely β-asarone free (unlike it's European and Asian relatives).

Keep refrigerated to extend shelf life.

The information provided on these pages is not a substitute for necessary medical care, nor intended as medical advice. Always keep hydrosols tightly closed, refrigerated, and out of reach of children. If redness or irritation occurs when applied to the skin, stop using immediately and contact your health provider if necessary.