SWEET FLAG, CALAMUS Scientific Name:
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- Hardy, semi-evergreen, iris-like, rhizome forming perennial that can grow up to 1.5m.
- Has thick, erect leaves.
- In summer - bears minute yellow-green flowers on flowering stems that resembles a leaf, followed by small berry-like yellowish fruit, containing few seeds.
- The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs).
- The rhizomes and leaves have the refreshing scent of cinnamon when crushed.
- Will grow almost anywhere as long as adequate amounts of water are present.
- Needs ful sun, any type of soil and can grow in water as well.
- Prefers a pH 5.5 to 7.5.
- The dried and powdered rhizome is rich in starch and has a spicy flavor and is used as a substitute for ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- A pinch of the powdered rhizome is used as a flavoring in tea.
- Young leaves can be used to flavor custards in the same way as vanilla pods.
- The inner portion of young stems can be eaten raw and added to salad.
- Can flavor vinegar.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- Leaves, rhizomes and stems - harvested in autumn/spring and dried for later use. Rhizomes 2 - 3 years old are used.
- The dry rhizome loses 70% of its weight, but has an improved smell and taste.
- Deteriorate if stored for more than a year.
- Bitter, stimulant herb that relaxes spasms and is regarded as a restorative for the brain and nervous system, especially after a stroke.
- Treat digestive complaints, disorders of the gall bladder, chronic diarrhea and chronic dysentery.
- Useful in treating bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis and common colds.
- Valuable home remedy for children suffering from whooping cough - being antispasmodic, it prevents the severe bouts of coughing.
- Have tonic powers to stimulate and normalize the appetite.
- In small doses it reduces stomach acidity whilst larger doses increase stomach secretions - recommended in the treatment of anorexia nervosa.
- Chewing the rhizome is said to kill the taste for tobacco and chewing a small piece will help against tiredness.
- The Dakota Indians used calamus to treat diabetes, and there are reported cases where regularly chewing of the root for a few months, cured people who had been given up by Western medicine.
- Rheumatic pains, neuralgia and skin eruptions.
- Apply to indolent ulcers and it will keep up the discharges from blistered surfaces.
- Treat mouth ulcers, coating on the tongue and rawness (inflammation of the skin).
- Basketry, incense, insecticide, repellent, thatching and weaving.
- The essential oil is an insect repellent and insecticide - effective against houseflies.
- When added to rice being stored in granaries it has significantly reduced loss caused by insect damage (the oil in the root has sterilized the male rice weevils).
- All parts of the plant can be dried and used to repel insects or to scent linen cupboards.
- The growing plant is said to repel mosquitoes.
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