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SWEET FLAG

(Acorus calamus)


Used for both medicinal purposes and as a strewing herb. It was used to make Calamus candy, by crystallizing tender slices of the rhizome. It was popular in the 18th century as a medicinal lozenge to cure coughs and indigestion and ward off infection.

PROPERTIES: Aromatic, bitter, stimulant, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, stomachic

Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus)
· can help with acute and chronic dyspepsia
· an important herb in ayurvedic medicine, regarded as a restorative for the brain and nervous system, especially after a stroke
· also given for bronchial complaints and bleeding disorders
· combined with Cardamon to help with the digestion of dairy products
· internally can be used for digestive complaints, bronchitis and sinusitis
· it is particularly known for its beneficial effects on the stomach
· it stimulates the appetite and has been used in cases of anorexia
· it has also been used in baths for children with scrofula or rickets

SUGGESTED DOSAGE: should be used as directed by a qualified professional practitioner.
Tincture - Spray:
3-6 pumps three times daily.
Extract: ½ tsp 3 times daily.
May be combined with Zingiber and or Dioscorea in flatulent colic. It may be used with Marsmallow and Meadow Sweet Herb in gastric inflammation.
May cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness and diarrhea.

Please note: This information is compiled from traditional and modern herb books, articles and research. This information is summarized for its educational value and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease. It should not be used to replace the services of a qualified practitioner.