The calamus plant contains psychoactive components that can be used as a nicotine replacement. When the plant is chewed, it releases a combination of chemicals that cause both a stimulating and uplifting effect.
The plant’s name comes from the Greek word “calamos”, which translates to “a reed.” The scent of this plant is very pleasant and for that reason the plant was often used in and around churches.
Calamus powder is used for various health benefits. The herbs have a very calming effect. The herbs are also used in the treatment of gastrointestinal and digestive problems. Think of intestinal complaints, stomach infections or other stomach complaints.
The calamus is also used to remedy the symptoms of cold and flu. Due to its stimulant effects, calamus is also widely used to increase a person’s general well-being.
Calamus also provides relief from chronic back pain and it also relieves mental stress and anxiety. A calamus bath can calm the mind and reduce negative feelings. Together with lavender, it is very helpful for insomnia.
For a clear and cheerful feeling: dissolve a teaspoon of powder in a glass of hot water. Drink on an empty stomach.
For a stimulating effect: soak 20 grams of the root for a while, then simmer for a while in half a liter of water. Strain it and drink a few cups of it.
For a mind-expanding effect: increase the dose.