Like with most herbal medicines, preparation and dosage of Sweet Flag is a very simple procedure. Bellow you can find the exact dosages and preparations methods.

Depression

The effects that this herb can have on the nervous system are well known and proven, so for those who do suffer from psychological disorders or depression, drinking calamus tea from the rhizome (root) can be very helpful.

Inflammation

Topical application of this herb’s essential oil can quickly relieve pain and discomfort in the muscles and joints, making it a favorite natural remedy for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, migraines or gout, among other common inflammatory conditions. Small piece of sweet flag is ground as paste and somewhat heated. Then this warm paste is applied externally on painful places.

Hormone Secretion

With dozens of different volatile oils and antioxidants, this plant can provide a major boost to your hormone regulation and production, leading to a better balance of your hormones, which can help with everything from mood and sex drive to menstrual regularity and energy production.

Epilepsy and Nervous System

In traditional medicine, this herb was often used to treat disorders of the nervous system, including epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease. While this herb doesn’t provide a cure or a lasting treatment for these complex problems, it can treat the symptoms quite effectively.

Nervine and memory enhancer

This oil helps in improving the sensory systems and mind. This nervine quality of this oil also prevents epileptic fits, hysteric attacks, and reduces stress in the body. Also, it is able to boost the quality of memory, particularly to those people who experienced a brain injury or have lost memory due to aging, trauma or any other reason.

Circulation

Calamus root helps to stimulate the blood circulation. It is useful if you have pain and swelling which is related with rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.

Metabolism

By speeding up the metabolism, calamus can aid in weight loss efforts, as well as the healing process within the body following injury or illness.

Sleep Aid

Drinking a mild cup of this tea before bed can help you to relax and have a restful night.

Stomach disorders

Sweet flag gives instant relief in stomach problems. It clears a swollen and uncomfortable stomach and also relieves headache related with weak digestion. It clears flatulence, diarrhea, and colic and increases appetite. Sweet flag root is burnt and ground as a paste in coconut oil and is applied on belly in cases of pain. It has been found useful in treating anorexia, gastritis and gastric ulcers.

Combats Tobacco Addiction

Habit of smoking and chewing tobacco is not easy to break, but with calamus root, getting rid of this unhealthy addiction may not seem that difficult. This is because chewing the calamus root can create a dislike for the taste of tobacco. Also, chewing or smoking tobacco often leaves you with bad breath. Chewing the root can also help eliminate the odor of tobacco.

Mouth health

Sweet flag is useful to treat mouth ulcers, bad odors, coating and rawness of tongue causes by inflammation. Small piece of sweet flag can be rubbed on the tongue. Ayurveda considers it as an anesthetic for toothache.

Cough & Fever

Along with decoction of licorice root, it has positive impacts upon cough, fever and colic in children. For dry cough, one should chew its root. When a small piece of Sweet Flag is chewed for few minutes, it gives relief to sore-throat. In a nutshell, Sweet Flag clears the respiratory channels and removes the obstructions helping your lungs function in their full capacity.

Skin disorders

Paste of sweet flag can be applied externally in cases of skin disorders like eczema, ringworm, scabies and as a general aid in wound healing. In India, it is used as vaginal disinfectant.

Respiratory system

It is effective against asthma, sinusitis and chronic bronchitis. The herb is a broncho-dilator and acts as a chest decongestant.

Preparation:Take half a teaspoon of chopped sweet root and add to 200 ml of boiling water, cover the dish and let it steep for about 5 minutes.Drink a cup of tea several times a day after meals, but not longer than 4-6 weeks.

Precaution:

  • PregnancyAvoid using this herb when a woman is pregnant or she is breast-feeding her baby.
  • Heart DiseaseThis herb should not be taken in large quantities if a person is suffering from any type of heart disease. It is likely to lower the blood pressure and could also lower the heart rate.
  • Before or after SurgerySweet Flag acts on the central nervous system and promotes sleep. This could act negatively if taken after surgery with other medications which have similar effects. It is best to avoid this herb 2 week before and 2 week after surgery.
  • Depression MedicationsDo not take this herb with medication for depression.
  • SedativesDo not take it if you are taking any medication which causes drowsiness or makes you sleep (sedatives). This herb causes sleepiness and taking it along with other drugs which also have similar effects might not be good.
  • AcidityBach or Calamus might increase stomach acid. If you are suffering from Gerd or acidity problem then it is best to avoid this herb.

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Calamus (also known as sweet flag, bitter pepper root, Rat root, sweet cane, myrtle grass, and sweet sedge) is a perennial herb with tall, hard, and sharp leaves, as well as a knobby rhizome that is often used in herbal medicines. Scientifically known as Acorus calamus the stems, leaves, and roots of this herb have been used in both Chinese and Indian traditional medicine practices.

Fragrant underground portion (the rhizome) has been used medicinally since biblical times. Popular European books on medicinal plants touted calamus as a “wonder drug.”

However, because of an association between asarones and the development of tumors in animals, the use of calamus and its extracts is prohibited in the US as human food and additive, but it is legal as food supplement.

It has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of digestive disorders and childhood colic. Infusions of the rhizome have been suggested for the treatment of fever, and chewing the rhizome has been said to relieve irritated throats and to remove the odor of tobacco.

It is central to the Ayurvedic medical system as an aromatic, stimulant, bitter tonic, and expectorant and has been used as an emenagogue. The A. calamus used in Ayurvedic medicine has undergone “sodhana,” a process of detoxification. It has been used by Native Americans to soothe toothache and headache.

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