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Sweet Flag

Sweet flag

Sweet Flag (Acorus calamus) is a plant that almost every person knows - it grows on the shores of water reservoirs and swamps. It has a very strong smell. Sweet flag can be used much better than as a whistle (people from the city are probably not familiar with the topic) - It is dried at a temperature of up to 35 degrees and used as a medicinal material.

What does sweet flag contain?

Essential oil in a preparation intended for sale contain at least 2.5% of such oil. The rhizome also contains tannins, bitter substances, mucilage and sugars (high in starch) and organic acids.

Its effect on the body

It is characterized by a bitter taste - like all bitter substances it will stimulate the digestive system. It stimulates the appetite and the secretion of gastric juice. As a result, it improves digestion and the absorption of organic compounds from food. Azaron and its isomers have a calming and strengthening effect. It can also be used on the skin because it has an astringent and bactericidal effect.

Side effects

In one book, which was about intoxicating herbs, the sweet flag root was mentioned as allegedly hallucinogenic. I'm not sure how true this is, although in another book, Sweet Flag was supposed to have a beneficial effect on the mouth. Due to the content of azarone, I would advise you not to overdo the use of this herb. It is also part of Swedish herbs from which you can prepare one and a half liters of beneficial tincture on your own.