Calamus Essential Oil
A perennial plant, Calamus Root grows to a height of 1m with a spread of 0.5m. The rhizome is horizontal, creeping, cylindrical, branched and up to 2m long, with a spicy aroma; the fruit are greenish berries. Indigenous to the northern hemisphere, it prefers lake margins, swampy ditches, or marshes in a protected position. It is frost resistant, but drought tender.
Calamus has been an item of trade in many cultures for thousands of years. Calamus has been used medicinally for a wide variety of ailments, and its smell makes calamus essential oil valued in the perfume industry. In Britain the plant was also cut for use as a sweet smelling floor covering for the packed earth floors of medieval dwellings and churches, and stacks of rushes have been used as the centrepiece of rushbearing ceremonies for many hundreds of years. It has also been used as a thatching material for English cottages.
In antiquity in the Orient and Egypt, the rhizome was thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac. In Europe Acorus calamus was often added to wine, and the root is also one of the possible ingredients of absinthe. Among the northern Native Americans, it is used both medicinally and as a stimulant. It is believed by some that calamus is an hallucinogen. This urban legend is based solely on two pages of a book written by Hoffer and Osmund entitled The Hallucinogens. The information on these two pages came from anecdotal reports from two individuals (a husband and wife) who reported that they had ingested calamus on a few occasions. None of the components in calamus are converted to TMA (trimethoxyamphetamine) in the human organism. To date there is no solid evidence of any hallucinogenic substances in calamus. Acorus calamus shows neuroprotective effect against stroke and chemically induced neurodegeneration in rat. Specifically, it has protective effect against acrylamide induced neurotoxicity. Source: Wikipedia
Calamus Root is also known as Sweet Flag, and was well-known in Biblical times and mentioned in Exodus 30: 22-25 as one of the ingredients of the ‘holy anointing oil’. This herb has traditionally been smoked, eaten, or brewed into a tea, decoction, extract, tincture and syrup. According to Ayurvedic tradition, Vacha is a ‘sattvic’ herb, which feeds and transmutes the sexual ‘kundalini’ energy. Calamus has been called ‘the closest thing to a sex stimulant that nature has to offer. Acorus calamus root was also used by the ancient Greeks and included in the traditional remedies of many other European cultures.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Lavender, Tea Tree, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Geranium and Marjoram.
Aromatic Scent: Calamus Root has a refreshing scent similar to cinnamon.
Bible References: Exodus 30:23, Song of Solomon 4
Calamus Essential Oil’s Healing Properties
Plant Origin: India
Medical Properties: Calamus Root Oil is a stimulating nervine, antispasmodic, and a general tonic to the mind. As a stimulant for the brain and nervous system, it is used to promote cerebral circulation, to stimulate self-expression, and to help manage a wide range of symptoms in the head, including neuralgia, epilepsy, memory loss and shock.
Other Uses: As an anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic, Calamus essential oil stimulates the nerves and blood circulation. It stimulates 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.
Anti Spasmodic: The Essential Oil of Calamus is known for its anti spasmodic properties. It relaxes all sorts of spasm, but is particularly effective on nervous spasm. Thus, in cases of nervous afflictions and disturbances, this can be administered, but in very mild doses.
Antibiotic: Due to its toxic nature, the Calamus Essential Oil does not allow any biotic growth and acts as an antibiotic. This property can be used to fight infections, both internal and external.
Cephalic: This essential oil has a refreshing effect on brain (of course, when taken in very mild doses, else the effects may be devastating on the brain). It activates it and is also effective in curing neurotic disorders. This oil is also considered to induce and promote positive thoughts.
Circulatory: Being a stimulant, this increases blood circulation and helps nutrients and oxygen reach every corner of the body. This circulation also stimulates metabolism.
Memory Boosting: The Essential Oil of Calamus has memory boosting effects. This can be administered to those who are undergoing or have undergone memory loss due to ageing, trauma or any other reason. This also helps repair certain damages done to the brain tissues and neurons.
Nervine: Most of the effects of this essential oil deal with brain and the nervous system. So, as expected, this oil is a nervine and helps maintain good health of the nervous system. It helps recover them from shock and other damages. It also reduces chances of epileptic and hysteric attacks, nervous afflictions etc.
Stimulant: The Calamus Essential Oil is particularly stimulating for the nervous system and the brain. It stimulates nerves and the neurons and helps attain alertness and steadiness. It also stimulates certain discharges such as those of hormones, blood circulation and other functions going on inside the body.
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 Oil makes the blood vessels to contract and reduce pressure on the cranial nerve. Further, due to its numbing and tranquilizing effect on the brain and the nerves, it reduces feeling of pain. This oil is also used for treatment of headache, vertigo etc. and it is a sedative.
Application: Can be inhaled from the bottle, applied to the abdomen, or on location for soothing and calming. Can be inhaled from the bottle, applied to the abdomen, or on location for soothing and calming.
Caution: Caution is advised on the use of this essential oil, since large doses can cause mild hallucinations. The essential oil in the roots of this plant contains the compound asarone. This has tranquillizing and antibiotic activity, but is also potentially toxic. Use well diluted and avoid during pregnancy.Â It has narcotic effects too and can cause convulsions and hallucinations if taken in higher doses. Studies have shown that its oral ingestion can cause prolonged severe convulsions and tumours. So, oral ingestion should be avoided unless under guidance of an expert practitioner. Pregnant ladies should avoid its use.
Dan also and Javan going to and fro occupied in thy fairs: bright iron, cassia, and cala-mus, were in thy market.
Calamus is mentioned in Exodus 34 as part of the Exodus anointing oil as well as a principle chief spice in Song of Solomon and Ezekiel. The word calamus in Hebrew is Qaneh, which means a stalk or aromatic reed. It is translated as right or upright, balances and measuring rod in Scripture.
The first biblical example of the word to mean moral uprightness was God saying, Do that which is right in his sight in Exodus 15:26.
Yeshua alone is upright and righteous in His Father’s eyes. 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us: For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The Scriptures tell us Yahweh searches to and fro for those who are upright. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says:
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
In both Hebrew and Arabic, the root word Kiddah signifies a strip, referring to the strips of bark from which the spice is made. In addition to being upright in God’s eyes, cassia spiritually speaks of being stripped of arrogance and pride and walking in humility with a servant’s heart and attitude. This is also one of the fragrances mentioned in Psalm 45:8 that Yeshua garments are soaked in.