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Acorus Calamus / Calamus Americanus

 
This versatile and ancient root, called by many different names and used throughout many different cultures is one of the more intriguing ethnobotanicals we offer at the shop. Acorus Calamus is a sacred plant been held in high esteem by North American Indians for hundreds of years, it’s been used ritualistically in ancient China, it’s revered in Ayurvedic Medicine systems to this day, South American indigenous cultures use it to this day in a similar way that Coca leaves were used, and it is deeply rooted in Shamanism and magic the world over.

Calamus, depending on the dose and the type of root, has been known to both increase energy while reducing anxiety. Many describe Calamus Root as the perfect Ying Yang ethnobotanical because it can “put one’s energy into balance, allowing one to resonate as a whole.” This is part of what has earned Calamus a place in holistic, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as a treatment for anxiety, from full-on attacks to 'small daily anxieties' that most experience at one time or another. We have found recommendations by holistic physicians who prescribe one to chew on Calamus root while breathing deeply, fully and slowly. This will allow the anxiety and panic to subside.

Obviously Calamus Root is not a medicine and is simply an herbal supplement. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and we offer this information as anecdotal evidence and research purposes only.

Something that we find great interest in at the shop is how Calamus research from the 1960’s noted that Calamus Americanus was used in Native American ceremonies due to its visionary properties. At high doses, there were reportedly auditory and visual distortions that went beyond simple psychoactive effects. In fact, the Cheyenne use Calamus Americanus roots as a powerful incense in sweat lodge ceremonies. If one tosses pieces of fresh root onto the hot stones, a smoke is produced. This smoke is said to be cleansing and detoxifying.

And it didn’t stop there for the American Indians. They often added ground up Calamus Root to elixirs, smoking blends, and tobacco. As similarly noted with Kava, there are many reports that this root was used in hunts to stave off hunger, while allowing one to “walk long distances without touching the ground” when eating about a 2” section of this root

Read more in the Acorus Calamus var. Americanus article at Entheology.org. 

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Calamus is quite common in Manipur and the Naga Hills of India and is found on the edges of lakes and streams. The root is attributed with an intensely aromatic fragrance that resembles a mixture of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. In ancient times it was even used as a cinnamon substitute in ritual incenses. In Ayurveda, calamus is considered an aromatic, bitter tonic which stimulates digestion. Similar in appearance to ginger, calamus root's sweet smell has made it a key component in perfumes. 

This product is not intended or sold for ingestion by humans or animals. It is sold only for use as an incense or for smoking. WARNING: Smoking anything, including herbal products of any kind, are harmful to the body.


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The highly fragrant rhizomes of calamus were a favorite of native American tribes and had many uses. The Cree considered calamus root useful in treating fatigue as well as aches and pains. The pungent aroma of calamus has a certain sweetness as well as a sour quality and a heat like ginger or cinnamon.

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Indian tribes in Canada and the U.S. made numerous uses of calamus root; one being that they ate the root as a general tonic and when undertaking long hunts. Calamus root has a certain sweetness as well as a sour quality and a heat like that of cinnamon bark or ginger. An advantage to obtaining the whole root of this plant is that when aromatic herbs are powdered, the volatile oils they contain will more readily evaporate.

Native American Indians would simply eat roots in 1-inch sections as a general tonic, in 2-inch sections to help them continue their hunts. Calamus has a certain sweetness as well as a sour quality and a heat like ginger or cinnamon. Again, these are WHOLE pieces of organic Acrous Americanus Calamus root that average about 4 inches long, not powder.

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Bringing a calm, open state of lightness, Nirvana Tincture relaxes the self and brings levity and joyousness. This state allows a deeper connection and merging with astral energies, without the weight of fear or nervousness.  This exclusive tincture is a carefully crafted combination of herbs that include the strongest herbs that have been used in meditation and mysticism...this tincture has been created from a formula provided by a HIMALYAN "OJHA" or wine shaman.

A fine blend of extracts of calamus root, valerian root, blue lotus, kava, damiana and frankincense extracted into a fermented grape juice blend to open both the spirit and the mind.  A few drops under your tongue is all that's needed to help to put you in a calm state of being, helping to melt away the stress of the day, naturally.* 

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This special blend of mostly leafy plants is predominantly used in Tibet and Nepal by shaman. The plants are burned to appeal to the spirits asked to participate in healing ceremonies for individuals. Afterwards, the herbal blend is taken home for burning by the individual.
 
Petalaya Herbal Smoking Blend contains pure shade-dried herbs and oils of Blue Lotus, White Lotus, Calamus, Neel leaves, wild Marigold, wild Peppermint, wild Chrysanthemum flowers, Indian Sarsaparilla, Cistus, Mugwort, Acacia, Artemisia, Scullcap, Himalayan Fir, Eucalyptus, Myrrh, Mullein, Wormwood, Woodruff, and a proprietary powder blend from a shaman in Nepal.

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