Product Abstract: Indigenous to the northern hemisphere, this perennial plant, has greenish berries. It prefers swampy ditches and marshes in a protected position. Also known as Sweet Flag, it was well-known in Biblical times and mentioned in Exodus 30: 22-25 as one of the ingredients of the holy anointing oil. In Ayurvedic tradition, where it is known as Vacha, it is still used as an aphrodisiac.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping) be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.
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Rating: I purchased this primarily because I am interested that it is described in the Bible as an element of holy anointing oil. To me it has a musty scent that is not pleasant. My nose did not detect anything in the way of sweetness. I have noted other reviewers have stated to use it cautiously. I need to research this one a bit more before I'm entirely comfortable diffusing it.
By:Coletta, Streetsboro, Ohio Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 20-Aug-2008
Rating: Was not expecting this to smell anything like it does! Can't say I identify with what the other esteemed reviewers have been saying... I found it to be an unctuous scent at best. I should state that I use ND EOs exclusively for scent, and not for any therapy purposes; Calamus Root may indeed work wonders in the health world. To my nose, however, I found it to be a rather useless base note.
By:Michael, Los Angeles, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 13-Jan-2015
Rating: Mmmmm, nice camphorous plus something sweet smell in a pleasant mellowing way. Beautiful base note. Love it. It speaks sinus and respiratory to me. It sure cleared my sinuses in the last 10 minutes of just smelling the bottle a few times.
By:Tom, Smithfield, Utah Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 27-Jul-2012
Rating: Now this one is interesting. The top of this scent is definitely creamy in a vanilla cola way, as previously mentioned. The earthy mustiness is definitely there, underlining the creaminess, and fully rounded-out in the middle, but it doesn't last very long. The dryout base smells so much like cinnamon, I was so suspicious the calamus was cut with it at first (I'm still not so sure it wasn't!). However, the scent as a whole is so intriguing and, dare I say, erogenous, it must be the real thing. That mustiness is something I love using. Here it's sweet, like an old library, but the pronounced spiciness reminds me of leather that is so old it's turned to fragile, cinnamon-colored dust......you know? An ancient Bible perhaps?
Rating: This is a very unusual smelling EO. It sort of reminds me of the smell of coca cola gummy candies but with a definite earthy quality. I find it very versatile in perfume blends, but a little goes a very long way, and too much can make the overall scent mixture too cloying. I recommend diluting it before using it, especially since I also find it rather sensitizing to skin.
By:Lauretta, San Diego, California Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 19-Jun-2010
Rating: Absolutely my favorite base note. Not for everyone as is can be quite overpowering. I would describe it as musky, sweet and intoxicating.
By:Keith, Pickering, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Jeanne Rose describes the scent of calamus thusly:
"Smells of root and swamp, fatty, slightly fruity, and heavily sweet."
I think that says it pretty well, though it's a tough one to describe!
I'm going to have fun experimenting with this one. :o)
By:Diane, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: Calamus, to me, has a depth and fluid range of notes from top to base and back again! The picture above does not do it justice. I purchased this oil to see why it has biblical reference. It is certainly and intoxicating & hypnotizing E.O. I can see why it is said to be the closest thing to intimacy and at the same time be potentially toxic. The creator knew there had to be balance. Nevertheless, I would highly suggest researching this oil further to see if it is something you want in your household, as many refuse to use it do to its potential harm. I have used it in hand lotion, but I tread with caution with this sacred oil.
By:Nattassia, Toronto, Ontario Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005
Rating: I bought this for a friend who had a serious brain injury and thought I should try it first, without thinking about my possible need for it. Having had several head-traumas as a child, one being 6-days unconscious from an auto-accident, I interestingly noticed healing from Calamus. I can't describe the changes I felt, but have noticed an improvement in my abilities over these months. My first use was in the diffuser, and it was that first use that I noticed changes. I added it to carrier oils and use it maybe once a week. I am about to make a shampoo for my friend.
Rating: Widely used by the Native American culture in the actual root form to treat things from the common cough to diabetes (type two mostly).
Clean yet perhaps mushroom like aroma.
By:Joely, Topeka, Kansas Top ReviewerDate: Loyal Customer Since: 15-Nov-2006
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