CALAMUS (Acorus calamus) ~ Calamus in Hebrew is Kaneh (Latin: cane) and is an ingredient in the SHeMeN Tov (annointing oil) as noted in Exodus 30:23. Also known as sweet cane or sweet flag, only the dried root was used in ancient times. Calamus is a Chinese and Indian herbal tradition commonly used to restore health. The essential oil is steam distillated from fresh or dried roots, with components of acorenone, alpha calacorene, alpha aselinene, beta gurjunene, beta asarone, calamendiol, calamusenone, camphone, iso shyobunine and shyobunone. !!! Be sure to read CAUTION notes herein !!!
Traditional aromatic and topical uses include:
~ Rheumatism and arthritis – helps to stimulate the nerves and increases the rate of blood circulation in the affected area and gives relief from the pain and swelling associated with rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.
~ Relaxes nervous spasms.
~ Acts as a natural anti-biotic to fight infections, both internal and external.
~ Considered a cephalic; can activate and be effective for neurotic disorders. Also considered to induce and promote positive thoughts.
~ Blood circulation: stimulates and increases blood circulation including helps nutrients and oxygen reaches every corner of the body. This stimulates metabolism.
~ Aids memory loss and helps to repair damage to the brain tissues and neurons.
~ Deals with brain and the nervous system. Helps to heal shock, reduces chances of epileptic and hysteric attacks, nervous afflictions etc.
~ Stimulant for nerves, hormones, blood circulation, helps attain alertness, and steadiness.
~ Tranquilizing: A low dose of this oil can induce sleep and work as a tranquilizer. This may be of great help to those who suffer from sleeplessness or insomnia. This effect relaxes the body and the mind and helps get a good rest.
~ Other Benefits: It can be used to treat neuralgia, which is caused due to the pressure exerted on the Ninth Cranial Nerve by the surrounding blood vessels, triggering off acute pain and swelling. Calamus SHeMeN (essential oil) causes blood vessels to contract and reduce pressure on the cranial nerve, resulting with a numbing and tranquilizing effect on the brain and the nerves to help reduce the feeling of pain. This oil is also used for treatment of headaches, vertigo, and as a sedative.
This oil is best used primarily for inhaltion or diffusion. Be sure to use a carrier oil if using topically and be sure to research any contraindications if taking medications. Do NOT take internally as Calamus is considered toxic for such. READ CAUTION BELOW!
Descriptor: Anti-microbial, anti-biotic,anti-oxidant, anti-spasmotic, anti-rheumatic, insecticide, diuretic, laxative, sedative, cephalic, circulatory, nervine, memory boosting, stimulant and tranquilizing.
FOUND IN: OUT OF EGYPT (Exodus)
Organic ~ India
Distilled in Israel: Root
Blending: Calamus blends well with SHeMeN (essential oils) of CEDARWOOD, CINNAMON BARK, CLARY SAGE, Labdanum, LAVENDER, MARJORAM, Olibanum, OREGANO, PATCHOULI, ROSEMARY, ROSEMARY, TEA TREE and YLANG YLANG.
!!! CAUTION: Calamus contains a compound called asorone, which is toxic and considered carcinogenic. Also, it may have a narcotic effect and may cause convulsions and hallucinations if taken in higher doses. Studies have shown that its oral ingestion can cause prolonged severe convulsions and tumors. THEREFORE, do NOT ingest orally or use for internal purposes and PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD AVOID CALAMUS as it is an emmenagogue (increases menstrual flow, i.e., possible miscarriage or premature birth!