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(Acorus calamus)
Common names: Calamus, Flagroot, Gladdon, Grass Myrtle, Musquash Root, Myrtle Flag, Myrtle Grass, Sweet Cane, Sweet Flag, Sweet Myrtle, Sweetroot, Sweet Rush Root, Sweet Sedge
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Parts Used: Root. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: None identified to date.

Physical Uses: This perennial grows at the edges of fens, bogs, ponds, and marshes all over North America which had to be handy since Native Americans had so many different uses for this plant that it became a trade good.

The dried root has been used in teas to improve appetite, relieve stomach problems (including nausea), ease bladder and kidney difficulties, as a disinfectant and as a general topic. It has also been used to minimize fevers, toothaches and the discomforts of menstruation.

The roots were burned to clear the air after sicknesses such as cholera and flu.

Dried roots are chewed by Native American singers, drummers and dancers to keep the mouth moist during competitions.

The root may also be useful to those who are trying to quit smoking. After chewing the dried root, some smokers may experience a mild nausea when smoking tobacco, making the habit less rewarding.

And last, but certainly not the least, some believe Calamus Root to be an aphrodisiac. NOTE: We make NO claims. Simply reporting.

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