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.