Derived from a monocotyledonous plant “Calamus” is an essential oil referred to as Acorus Calamus Oil. This oil is extracted from a tall flowering plant (grown mainly in the wetlands) belonging to a species known as “Acorus Calamus” within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this plant used to extract the oil is also commonly referred to as “sweet flag”. In addition, this oil is extremely popular within the Indian Medical system known as “Ayurveda” and its stem, roots, and leaves are regularly used for its curative properties.
A. Chemical constituents of Acorus Calamus Oil:
This oil is extracted from a monocotyledonous plant belonging to the “Acorus Calamus” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil mainly consists of organic compounds i.e. phytochemicals such as alpha-asarone, beta-asarone, and eugenol.
B. The uses and benefits of Acorus Calamus Oil:
There are a number of benefits to be gained by using this essential oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil comprises of curative properties that enable the inhibition of “muscle spasms” and thereby serve as an antispasmodic.
This oil also possesses “antibiotic” properties, and hence functions by inhibiting the growth of harmful microbes.
“Inhibiting rheumatoid arthritis” is also one of the properties that this oil possesses, and hence serves as an antirheumatic.
This oil functions by stimulating rate of blood circulation in the body thereby reliving pain and swelling experienced in arthritis.
This oil also possesses medicinal properties that are capable of curing serious brain disorders by stimulating neural pathways.
C. The adverse effects of the Acorus Calamus Oil:
With relation to this oil apart from the benefits there is also a major adverse effect that must be noted. This effect is as follows:
- This essential oil is supposedly extremely toxic, and hence needs to be used with a great deal of care.