“17 Proven Health Benefits of Calamus Root”

“Sedative, Relaxing, Soothing, Expectorant, Aromatic, Helps with Phlegm, Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, and Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol” 

Used Successfully for Centuries – Sweet Flag or Calamus Root is an amazing herb that was talked about by Hippocrates the father of medicine, also it was used by the Greek physicians Theophrastus and Dioscorides, and it is used in Ayurvedic Medicine, and in Chinese Medicine. And this herb has been used successfully for thousands of years.  

Other Names – Also know as Acorus calamus, Shi Chang Pu, Calamus, Sweet Myrtle, Sweet Root, and many other names.  

“17 Proven Health Benefits of Calamus Root”– “Sedative, Relaxing, Soothing, Expectorant, Aromatic, Helps with Phlegm, Antibacterial, Anti-fungal, and Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol”

Types – There are many types of this plant but you want the A. Calamus species others can be toxic.  

Where it Grows – Japan, Asia, Europe, Middle East, South America, Canada, Australia, India, Russia, and the US. It’s also a common houseplant and ornamental shrub. It’s usually a water plant but will grow in very damp areas and in woodland settings.  

Parts Used – The roots and the stems which contain lots of great oils. 

Taste – Tastes somewhat like nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon… a very nice flavor. 

Sedative and Relaxing – Helps with Insomnia, very soothing, and powerful sleep agent… and it also helps a person to relax and helps with stress and anxiety. One of the most powerful sleep agents around. It contains asarone a potent relaxing and sleep-inducing agent. 

Lowers Blood Pressure – Sweet Flag is a powerful blood pressure lowering agent when taken by mouth. 

Expectorant and Helps with Phlegm – Have you been coughing because of phlegm, then sweet flag my just be what you need. It helps to loosen up the phlegm create a productive cough to expel the phlegm. 

Helps with Symptoms of the Common Cold or Flu – Taking a 1/2 teaspoon of the powder and adding it to hot water with a bit of honey is great for the common cold. 

Lowers Cholesterol – Also Sweet Flag or Calamus lowers LDL or Bad Cholesterol. 

Helps with Asthma – Because of all the powerful antioxidants, this wonderful herb helps to open up the bronchi and allows a person to breathe deeply. Just a pinch of the powder mixed with honey helps in amazing ways. 

Helps with Arthritis – A paste of the powder can be placed on areas of arthritic pain and joint swelling. 

Positive Effect on Memory – Sweet Flag enhances memory making it important for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease… more research to be done. 

Healing for Upset Stomachs – Even back in biblical times, Sweet Flag has been used to sooth away an upset stomach. Make a tea of the dried roots soothes away a stomach ache in minutes. 

Helps with Gas – Taking the dried powder soothes away GI gas. 

Oral Challenges – Taking a piece of the root and rubbing it on the tongue helps with inflammation and rawness of all oral cavity. 

Sweet Flag Bath also called Shobu-yu –  In Japan and China making a bath with Sweet Flag has been used for hundreds of years and helps with backaches, stress, and anxiety. Take 3 to 5 of the whole plant with the roots and place them in a hot bath and allow the aroma to fill the water and the whole room… very soothing. 

Contains – Sweet Flag contains lots of powerful healing agents including stearic, palmitic, palmitoleic, myristic, arachicic, linoleic acids, and oleic acids. Also contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. Also contains Asarone and eugenol which are powerful relaxing agents. 

Heals Diarrhea – If you have been running to the bathroom taking a little Sweetflag tea will heal your diarrhea quickly. 

High in Antioxidants – Sweet Flag is full of powerful antioxidants that will help to prevent and heal DNA damage. 

Antibacterial and Anti-fungal – Sweet Flag is antibacterial, helps to kill invading bacteria that can take over and create infection. 

Heals Skin Challenges – Also helps with ringworm and eczema and other skin challenges when used externally when made into a paste. 

Culinary Uses – Sweet Flag has also been used for making Benedictine and Chartreuse liqueurs, tonics, gin, and other drinks, and for making candy and chewing gum. The leaf buds can be used for rice puddings, custards, and can be used in salads, and it’s one of the main ingredients in absinthe, and it was originally used in Dr. Pepper soda. 

Repels Insects – The dried root made into an oil helps to repel lice and fleas.

Forms – Powder, Cut Dried Roots, and Oil. 

Finding – East Indian stores carry this herb, also you can find lots of it on amazon.com and eBay.com  

Very Inexpensive – A half pound of the powder goes for about $13 not bad at all. 

Dose – The oil should be diluted for use with a carrier oil such as sesame oil or olive oil. The powder made into a paste can be used directly on the skin. When taken internally one should use from 500 to 3,000 mg daily. Sweetflag or Calamus should only be taken for 7 to 10 days. 

Side-Effects – Sweet Flag is toxic in large amounts because it lowers blood pressure so care should be used when using this herb. And it’s not for those who are pregnant, nursing, or small children. But in small amounts, Sweetflag has been used without problems for thousands of years. 

Try Sweet Flag or Calamus… it will do your body good. 

Many Blessings to Everyone!

Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist 




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