Latin Name:  Acorus calamus L., fam. Araceae

Part of Plant:  Root

Country of Origin:  Nepal

Method of Production: Steam distillation

Calamus, also known as Sweet Flag, is a water loving perennial that grows along ponds, rivers, and other wetlands. The plant is mentioned in the Bible as being added to olive oil along with myrrh, cinnamon, and cassia, to make a sacred anointing oil.  


Calamus essential oil is not suggested for use in aromatherapy.  The suggestion is for it to just be used in very small amounts either in a religious anointing oil, or in perfumery.  According to Tisserand and Young, there are three main types. There is a diploid form, a tetraploid or hexaploid form, and a triploid form.  Depending on the form used and its chemistry, different topical recommendations vary between .007% and 1.1%. Please check individual batch chemistry and guidelines carefully.



Not for aromatherapy use.

If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically. Possible skin sensitivity. Do not use on broken skin. Watch for any possible interactions or side effects. Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone


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