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Acorus calamus (also called sweet flag, sway or muskrat root, among many common names) is a species of flowering plant with psychoactive chemicals. It is a tall wetland monocot of the family Acoraceae, in the genus Acorus.

Sweet flag is a herbaceous perennial, 2 m (79 in) tall. Its leaves resembles those of the iris family. Sweet flag consists of tufts of basal leaves that rise from a spreading rhizome. Sweet flag grows in India, central Asia, southern Russia and Siberia, Europe and North America. Habitats include edges of small lakes, ponds and rivers, marshes, swamps, and wetlands.

Calamus leaves and rhizomes contain a volatile oil that gives a characteristic odour and flavour. Its aroma makes calamus essential oil valued in the perfume industry. It has a warm, spicy, and sweet forest aroma.

Calamus is believed to be the oil mentioned in Exodus 30:23-25

“Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet
smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic calamus
(*kaneh bosm), and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary,
and a hint of olive oil. And you shall make of these a sacred anointing
oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.”

*The original words “kaneh bosm” have been accepted by the majority of world religions as meaning ‘sweet calamus’.

Note: Base
Aroma: It has a warm, spicy, and sweet forest aroma.

Medicinal Use

Calendula has anti-inflammatory properties and is useful in treating skin conditions. It’s antioxidant properties are useful for aged, damaged, dry and mature skin.

Aromatherapy Use

The name Calendula originates from the fact that it blooms on the calens, or the first of most months. Used since ancient times to comfort the heart and spirits.

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