Botanical Name: Acorus calamus
Plant Part: Root
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Description: A perennial plant, Calamus Root grows to a height of 1m with a spread of 0.5m. The rhizome is horizontal, creeping, cylindrical, branched and up to 2m long, with a spicy aroma; the fruit are greenish berries. Indigenous to the northern hemisphere, it prefers lake margins, swampy ditches, or marshes in a protected position. It is frost resistant, but drought tender.
Color: Yellow to yellowish brown slightly viscous liquid.
Aromatic Fragrance: Calamus Root has a refreshing scent similar to cinnamon.
Aromatic Strength: Medium
Common Applications: Calamus Root Oil is a stimulating nervine, antispasmodic, and a general tonic to the mind. As a stimulant for the brain and nervous system, it is used to promote cerebral circulation, to stimulate self-expression, and to help manage a wide range of symptoms in the head, including neuralgia, epilepsy, memory loss and shock.
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Storage Directions: Essential Oils should be stored in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Essential Oils should be stored in colored glass, the most common storage method being used today are Boston Round Bottles in the amber tint.
Blends Well With: Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Geranium and Marjoram
Cautions: Caution is advised on the use of this essential oil, since large doses can cause mild hallucinations. The essential oil in the roots of this plant contains the compound asarone. This has tranquillizing and antibiotic activity, but is also potentially toxic. Use well diluted and avoid during pregnancy.