Calamus Oil is a well known oil among ancient Romans as well as Indians, as it is an efficient ingredient in Indian medicines known as Ayurveda. It is a yellow clear liquid with fresh and sweet citrus herbal odor. The oil blends well with Labdanum, Cinnamon, Cananga, Patchouli, Oregano, Olibanum, Cedar wood etc. It provides a soothing fragrance that can be used in various aromatic applications. It is a pure and organic essential oil
Extraction and Composition
The oil is derived by the steam distillation of unpeeled dried roots or fresh roots of the calamus plant. This is an red aquatic plant, called Acorus Calamus, which is found in marshy, watery places. Some of the chief components of this oil include acorenone, alpha calacorene, calamusenone, alpha aselinene, beta asarone, calamendiol, camphone, iso shyobunine, shyobunone distillation and beta gurjunene. Also, its main components are calamendiol, acorenone, alpha calacorene, alpha aselinene, beta gurjunene, shyobunone, beta asarone, calamusenone, camphone and iso shyobunine.
Properties And Benefits
This essential oil possess several properties such as stimulant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodi, cephalic, antibiotic, circulatory, nervin, tranquilizing substance, memory boosting. These properties make it a perfect and an important ingredient in making diffusers, soaps, perfume oils, scents, lotions, massage oils, air fresheners and other aromatherapy products. Further, the oil has a shelf life of 4 to 5 years and it should be carefully used for external purposes after its proper dilution. To prevent any skin infection, a skin test is recommended before its use. Also, it has a maximum acidic value of 4.00, that is it safe when used properly. The specific gravity of this oil is 0.940 to 0.980 @ 25ºC and the refractive index is 1.5500 to 1.5525 @ 25ºC. Besides this, the Calamus Oil contain several nutrients such as Ocimene, Linalyl Acetate, β – Caryophyllene, β – Gurjurene, δ – Elemene, ar- Curcumene, α -Muurolene and Linalool
With an excellent aromatic stimulant and tonic property, the oil is used for curing headache, vertigo and dysentry ailments. It is also used as a herbal medicine for removing the discomfort due to carminative and flatulence ans also controls the growth of bacteria that lead to these problems. In addition to this, it gives digestion benefits and enhances the appetite. Being an effective insecticide, the oil prevent the insects from troubling cattles. It is a fat free oil that possess various health benefits as well. These health benefits include: