Folk Names: Gladdon, Myrtle Flag, Myrtle Grass, Myrtle Sedge, Sweet Cane, Sweet Flag, Sweet Root
Powers: Luck, Healing, Money, Protection,
Magickal Uses: The seeds are strung as beads and used for healing. The powdered root is used in healing incenses and sachets. Small pieces of the root kept in all corners of the kitchen wards off hunger and poverty. Growing the plant brings good luck. It can also be used to bind a spell.
Medicinal uses: The root was pulverized and snuffed to relieve colds, or could be mixed with water and drank for fever. The root was also dried and chewed to relieve coughs or tootheaches. The roots could also be used to relieve a sore throat be being mixed with water and gargled for children, and the roots chewed by adults. Another use of the roots was for the physic. The root was scalded and mixed with water and about a half cup drank.
Scientific Name: Acorus calamus – Araceae Family
AKA: Vacha, Bach, Gladdon, Sweet Flag, Agri-turki, Sweet Root, Myrtle Grass, Cinnamon Sedge, Sweet Rush, Baje, Myrtle Grass, Sweet Cane.
Parts Used: Leaves
Active Compounds: Volatile oil, Pinene, Asaryl aldehyde, acoretin, tannin and starch.
Background: A semi-aquatic perennial, it is found throughout the world in marshes and other moist environments. Especially prolific in India and Burma, growing near rivers and lakes.
Tonic: Helps in digestion and stimulates appetite.
Stomachic: Used for gastritis, ulcers and for the relief of dyspeptic disorders.
Ointment: Aids in treatment of angina, diseases of the gums and rheumatic disorders.
Description: Calamus is a reed-like, aquatic plant that produces green flowers, but no fruit. Calamus grows from 60 to 100 cm in height and has a stem that is triangular. Its leaves appear in two rows and have no stems. Calamus is a very pleasantly fragrant plant.
Calamus Dosage: Tonic: Steep dried root in hot water and drink as a tea.
Stomachic: Chew the dried root or make an infusion using one pint of boiling water with 1 ounce of dried root. Drink as a tea.
Ointment: Used as a powder or paste, apply to afflicted area.
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.