Botanical Name: Acorus calamus
Plant Part: Root
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Description: A perennial plant, Calamus Root grows to a height of 1m with a spread of 0.5m. The rhizome is horizontal, creeping, cylindrical, branched and up to 2m long, with a spicy aroma; the fruit are greenish berries. Indigenous to the northern hemisphere, it prefers lake margins, swampy ditches, or marshes in a protected position. It is frost resistant, but drought tender.
Color: Yellow to yellowish brown slightly viscous liquid.
Aromatic Scent: Calamus Root has a refreshing scent similar to cinnamon.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Geranium and Marjoram.
Common Uses: The chemical constituents of Calamus Root Oil make it a stimulant for the brain and nervous system. It is used to promote cerebral circulation, and to help manage a wide range of symptoms including neuralgia, epilepsy, memory loss and shock.
Cautions: Caution is advised on the use of this essential oil, since large doses can cause mild hallucinations. The essential oil in the roots of this plant contains the compound asarone. This has tranquillizing and antibiotic activity, but is also potentially toxic. Use well diluted and avoid during pregnancy.
Calamus Root (Acorus calamus)
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