Thursday, November 13, 2014

Article Number: 9931

HERB : Sweet Flag

BOTANICAL NAME : Acorus Calamus

SYNONYMS : Calamus, sweet sedge, rat root, sweet

myrtle, beewort, bachh (Hindu),

Racha (Vedic), Shihch'ang pu (chinese)

LOCALES FOUND : Europe, Asia, China, North America from

Nova Scotia to minnesota; southward to

Florida & Texas.

The effects of Calamus, produced from the root, are as a

stimulent when a dried root of about 2 inches length and

the thickness of a pencil; a Hallucinogen when 10+ inches

of selfsame root are eaten. It is legal in the US and can

be bought in dried form in many parts of the country for

under $3 an ounce. It has an additional medicinal value,

according to the Cree Indians, to relieve constipation, in

the smaller doseage.

The root can be chewed and eaten raw, and has a taste of a

bitter ginger root. Eaten this way it numbs the tongue for

4-10 minutes. Although possible this takes developing a

taste for it.

A tonic or tea can also be made, far more useful if all

you can find is the ground root, 1 ounce per 1 pint of the

boiling water, preferably mixed with a few pleasant tasting

herbs like spearmint or peppermint and served with honey


VOMITTING IF SUCH IS DONE). Preferably take it on an empty

stomache. In this form it does not act as a Hallucinogen

but does have its other effects.

Calamus can also be added to a meade recipe, but will

give it a slightly bitter aftertaste no matter what other

herbs you add to the brew.

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