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The first man to have used its medicinal properties, at least in Europe (that is known of) was dr. Mathilous who was also a botanist in the year 1560. This man also happened to be the private physician of Emperor Maximillian II.
Midwives used to wash weak newborns in calamus baths.
Since this plant is know to help with inflamed gums, it is well-known that extractions from its roots are used in tooth pastes.
It is recommended to all those smokers out there who wish to quit smoking that they chew on the dried rhizome of a calamus because this should stop the nicotine cravings (although this is also recommended for people with lung and intestinal cancer).
For the Drug:
It is Used for:
Bettering the fnctioning of glands and muscels of the digestive system
Decreasing the amount of gasses
Easing cramps conserned with the digestive system
Bettering the functioning of the intestines
Creating bile in the bladder (and to help its outflow)
Gum inflammation (use tea for gargling), disinfecting the oral cavity, ailing bad breath
Helping to get rid of kidney stones
Lung problems (pneumonia, the flu, lung cancer, high fevers etc.)
Enhancing bloodflow (use in a bath)
Improving sexual potency
You can also make a tea which only needs to sit for 5 minutes.
It is drunk three times a day but batchwise. By "batchwise" I mean that it is drunk for 4-6 weeks each day and they at least a two-week break must be taken before further consumption.
Let the mixtures sit for 2-3 weeks.
The tincture is used when massaging someone with rheumatic diseases, for joint pains, muscle pains after extensive labor etc.
A diluted tincture can be used to heal rashes and chilblain.
Warning: must not be used internally without medical supervision.
Oil:200g finely chopped roots + 1l (liter) of corn/olive oil.
Leave this mixture to sit for 30-60 days taking care to mix it up a bit in between.
It is used for massaging ailing areas (several times a day).
It can be used for eye problems. Eyesight can be improved by spreading a bit of calamus juice on closed eyelids and being left to stay that way for a couple of minutes. It must then be washed off with cold water.
It is not for pregnant women.