Calamus, more commonly known as Sweet Flag, is a semi-aquatic plant found alongside ponds and streams. Other common names in use for this plant, such as Sweet Rush and Cinnamon Sedge, refer to the sweet aroma of the dried root and its use in flavoring beverages. Another nickname, German ginger, refers to the fact that the powdered root is an ingredient in some European wines and aperitifs. It is also used as a substitute for ground cinnamon, nutmeg and, of course, ginger.
|cosmetic||Calamus root is used to make infused oils and extracts for use in soaps, skin lotions, hair and body care products and perfumes.|
|aromatic||Add to potpourri mixture and herbal pillows.|
|safety||Not for internal use.|
1oz dried Calamus