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Learning At The Potter's Wheel is a collection of articles on home, family, marriage, parenting, natural medicine and herbs. . . along with a few other items of interest. Have fun sorting through my junk drawer of assorted thoughts and ramblings.

AT THE POTTER'S WHEEL

The Potter has persisted in giving me treasures I don't always understand or appreciate. Patiently, He is teaching me to trust that all I really need to know is that I am in HIS hands. . .

CALAMUS AROMATICUS

ALSO KNOWN AS:
  • Sweet Sedge
  • Sweet Flag
  • Sweet Root
  • Sweet Rush
  • Sweet Cane
  • Gladdon
  • Sweet Myrtle
  • Myrtle Grass
  • Myrtle Sedge
  • Cinnamon Sedge
PARTS USED
Root -- The rhizome (root bark) contains alkaloidal matter

PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
Choline, soft resin, gum, starch and bitter glucoside, Acorin

ACTIONS & USES
This grassy herb is an aromatic stimulant and mild tonic. It is a carminative, removing the discomfort caused by flatulence and checking the growth of the bacteria which give rise to it. This property makes Calamus Aromaticus useful in applications to increase the appetite and benefit digestion, as a stomachic. Chewing the roots can clear the voice and relieve dyspepsia -- or as an infusion of 1 oz to 1 pt boiling water taken freely in cup doses.

The essential oils of this plant are used as an addition to inhalations and as a perfume. Calamus Aromaticus has shown to be useful in ague and low fevers as well as a vermifuge and insecticide – especially for fleas. Reportedly, it can repel white ants.

CAUTIONS
In high doses, can be hallucinogenic.

Disclaimer: None of this is to be considered a substitute for medical examination and/or treatment. Use what you will, but do so knowing that you must consider your own circumstance and the application of these things with sound judgment.



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