Calamus is a tall perennial wetland monocot of the Acoraceae family, it is indigenous throughout most of Asia, and has been an item of trade in many cultures for thousands of years. Calamus is cultivated throughout Asia, Europe and North America and is known as sweet flag, referring to its sweet scent and its similarity to the Iris species. The scented leaves of Calamus have traditionally been used medicinally for a wide variety of ailments and, its aroma makes Calamus essential oil of value in the perfume industry.
Calamus essential oil is favored for:
- Calming – This oil may be useful in promoting calm and relaxation, and due to its uplifting properties, it may be used to treat tension, anxiety and depression.
- Analgesic – Calamus essential oil has analgesic properties, which may assist in reducing pain and discomfort such as muscle aches and strains.
- Expectorant – Calamus contains expectorant properties and is considered to be a fine respiratory tract treatment. It is used to help loosen mucus and clear phlegm. Use in a diffuser, vaporizer or steam bath.
- Nausea – Calamus is used in mitigating nausea.
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