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Product: Calamus Root
Latin Name: Acorus calamus syn. Calamus aromaticus
Plant Family: Acoraceae
Other Names: Sweet Flag, Calamus, Beewort, Bitter Pepper Root, Bitter Root, Flag Root, Gladdon, Sweet Root, Sweet Rush & Sweet Sedge.
Description: This semi-aquatic perennial prefers to grow in damp or marshy conditions; the leaves are between 0.7 - 1.7 cm in width, with average of 1 cm. The leaves are shaped like a sword and have a slight wavy margin (edge) and a midrib and are variegated yellow and green in colour with a reddy-pink colour to them closer to the root. It is the root or rhizome that is used.
Brief History: The generic name, Acorus, is derived from the Greek word Acoron, the name given to Calamus root by Dioscorides which in turn is believed to be derived from Coreon (pupil of the eye), the Greeks used this plant to treat eye problems. In the 17th century calamus was used in snuff blends it has a sweet spicy aroma which can be used in the same one you would use cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger.
Today the aromatic oil from calamus is used by the perfume industry for middle and top notes, it is also used as a fixative. The root can be added to pot pourri to add its own perfume to the blend and to help fix the scent of the other ingredients. The root powdered can be used as an insect repellent good for repelling fleas and ants.
This is produce of Hungary.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.