Basic information about Sweet Flag
Sweet flag (Acorus calamus) is a perennial, herbaceous plant that grows in wet fields, often near wetlands and rivers. Sweet flag likes moist soil, because the sweet flag’s root is branched and goes deep into the ground.
Sweet flag has a long, stable stem on whose sides are long narrow leaves. At the top of the stem is located cob that is brown to green in color, and he carries the red berries.
What part of sweet flag is healing?
Healing part of the sweet flag is root, which is mined from the earth in spring and autumn when the plant is not growing. Since the root is very dirty and full of mud and dirt, after removing it should be well washed, cleaned of vessels and cut into smaller pieces. Cleaned sweet flag’s root put in a warm place to dry quickly.
Which chemical substances sweet flag contains?
As aquatic plant, sweet flag abounds in essential oils that give him a specific flavor. There are also other chemicals - saponins, tannin, starch, glycoside, minerals, choline, vitamin C.
Within the essential oil there is a matter known as - asharon, which scientists claim that is toxic and does have carcinogenic properties. To make it less dangerous, let’s say that the concentration of this substance in sweet flag is very small, and the correct dosage of sweet flag in treatment will not lead to these effects.
What are the Health Benefits of Sweet Flag?
1. Sweet Flag has been used in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine as a remedy for gastritis, or regulation of gastric acid. Calamus has the ability to increase gastric acid secretion in the case when it is a little, and contrary, to reduce secretion when it is increased in the stomach.
2. Sweet flag has found use in state of flatulence in the intestines, when there is a slow digestion, vomiting and intersection between metabolisms.
3. When we spoke about respiratory organs, sweet flag has beneficial effects in cough, bronchitis and colds.
4. If you implementing body detox, turn sweet flag on, because he effectively cleanses the body of toxins. Sweet flag is also a good diuretic and is used to treat gout.
5. Sweet flag possesses sedative properties, so today's test include calamus in session of smoking cessation.
6. The antioxidant properties of sweet flag are important, so it is recommended for people who have predisposition for the occurrence of stroke.
How to properly prepare tea from sweet flag?
Tea from the root of sweet flag is prepared only in cold soaking process. Take a flat teaspoon of sweet flag’s root and left overnight in 250 ml of cold water and in the morning warm-up liquid and filtered. Before using the tea warm in the second pot with hot water.
Use in the kitchen
Sweet flag in traffic can be found in the form of powder or cut into pieces. Rarely used as a standalone spice, usually an ingredient of spice mixtures, often with ginger because they have similar taste.