Scientific name: Acorus calamus
Oil origin: Root
Extraction: Steam distillation
Aroma: Warm, spicy
Odor strength: Medium
Evaporation: Base note
Calamus is a member of the Acoraceae family thought to have originated in Asia. It has been used for both aromatic and medicinal purposes since antiquity. The British would place the plant on the floor of dwellings for a pleasing olfactory quality. It was mentioned in the Papyrus of Egypt for its aromatic qualities.
In contemporary alternative medicine, calamus essential oil is thought to have sedative and diuretic properties. In Ayurveda, the plant is used to mitigate the negative side effects of hallucinogens. It is reputed to improve memory retention and allay vertigo and headaches. It does contain a substance called asorone which is considered toxic, therefore this oil should be used with care.
Calamus essential oil is a unique addition to cosmetic applications, personal care formulations, soaps, and aromatherapy.
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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
Safety precautions: Extremely potent use with care. Consult a professional reference for correct dilution ratios prior to application.
Avoid in pregnancy and lactation. Keep away from eye area. Keep out of reach of children.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
"The results indicate that the essential oil of A. calamus rhizomes and its constituent compounds have potential for development into natural fumigants/insecticides for control of the booklice."
Complete Scientific Study Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23676474
"The rhizome contains active ingredients and possesses insecticidal, antifungal, antibacterial and allopathic properties. It is also used to treat insomnia, melancholia, neurosis, epilepsy, hysteria, loss of memory, toothache and respiratory ailments."
Complete Scientific Study Available: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3656192/