One of the reasons that I love my partner, cowboyfriend and all around weirdo is that he and I are both quite adept at things that the other was always interested in but didn’t have time to research. We are, in every sense of the word, 2 sides of the same coin. Sorry for the gush, but it leads into Calamus root I swear. Instead of being weirded out by my ability to getting caught on when it comes to herbs Josh started reading my books and learning himself. He encourages me to go to the apothecary whenever we’re in Flagstaff to get new herbs for making him special teas. One time in the apothecary he suggested to me that calamus root was a good way to help fight my nausea… and my heart shone gold with pride for my love. The sweet woman behind the counter agreed and told me the flavor was bright and vibrant, I was sold. Now that I’m experimenting with calamus I thought an herb spotlight was appropriate, this one goes out to cowboyfriend.

Breakdown of Calamus

Scientific Name: Acorus calamus [aka: sedge, sweet flag]

Parts Used: dried rhizome

Magickal Stats: Elementally Earth & Water, ruled by the Moon

Improves Function of: 

  • Digestive System

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Bloating, digestive issues and constipation
  • Nausea and Upset Stomach
  • Tobacco withdrawal
  • Relieve a cough

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Bringing control to a situation and lead to a positive outcome
  • Formulate plans by revealing the larger situation
  • Manifesting energies

How Does it Work?

Calamus root is a carminative so it can help to get things moving in the digestive system. This can also relieve nausea and other uncomfortable digestive ailments. It is also a stimulant so it can increase a general feeling of well being. A side effect of this can be muscle and body relaxation.

What Do I Do With It?

The dried root can be used to steep a tea or make a tonic to be taken regularly. Those who are looking to kick tobacco can chew on a bit of the dried root. Calamus root has a deep, pleasant aroma and for that reason has been used in potpourri.

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  1. Its nice to know that this plant is used in Western herbal medicine as well. In India (Ayurveda, actually), it is used it to treat a number of Kapha disorders. Will post about it someday later. Thanks for sharing and for the article idea it gave!

    1. I’m so pleased that my post could inspire one in you!! I wasn’t aware of the Ayurvedic value of Calamus but it makes sense that it would help a Kapha disorder. As a pitta with a vata influence from time to time maybe I should take it easy!

      1. True, but hey, just add some Glycyrrhiza glabra to it, and the Pitta aggravating value gets balanced out, not to mention the sweet flavour it adds. Then again, though Calamus is a Pitta aggravator, it is very good for ‘melting’ out accumulated Kapha in the GIT, which is the cause of nausea in Ayurvedic theory. So apparently, cowboyfriend really thinks and cares a lot for you. Best regards,

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