Calamus is also known as “Sweet Flag” or “Sweet Myrtle”.
Native American Indians used Calamus root both for energy and as a spiritual tool.
Ancient Egyptians also used Calamus root, believing it to be an aphrodisiac. It was also one of the original ingredients of European absinthe. it was commonly used as a substitute for other herbs and seasonings including ginger and cinnamon since it has sweet, sour, and heat qualities. Calamus root has been used to treat a number of ailments.
The Ayurvedas use Calamus Root along with hallucinogenic herbs as Calamus is believed to reduce or counter the side effects of other drugs. The root is the most commonly used part of the plant.