Medicinal plants

Kalmus – a blessing for the digestive tract

Scientific name: Acorus calamus

Also known as Calamus known Kalmus (Acorus calamus) is applied in the Asian and Indian medicine for thousands of years and is regarded there as life extensionists.

In our latitudes, calamus is one of the unknown medicinal plants , although it is relatively widespread. In addition to use as a tea herb and spice in food, the root can also be used for washes.

Kalmus – The German Ginger

Kalmus or Kalmuswurzel belongs to the genus of the Kalmusgewachse (Acoraceae). Originally it comes from China and India, where it has been medicinal plant since 3700 BC. Is estimated for their life-prolonging properties. It was not until the 13th century AD that the calamus root was introduced in central Europe thanks to the Tartars.

The Oriental people used the calamus of their time to disinfect drinking water , which already points to the antibiotic and antiviral effect. Likewise, the herb is said to have a gastro-intestinal-friendly effect, with the following fields of application have proven:

  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • stomach ulcers
  • Gastrointestinal spasms
  • indigestion
  • Inflammation of the oral mucosa
  • Tooth and gingivitis
  • anorexia

Worth knowing : Kalmus is also used by the indigenous peoples of North America for strengthening and circulation-promoting spas. Furthermore, the herb should help with smoking cessation.

In Europe, Kalmus is particularly popular because of its action as a bittersweet . Also, calamus rootand calamus oil are increasingly used. Used here is the rhizome, so the root of calamus (Calami rhizoma). It is consumed in addition to the tea, oil and Magenbitterherstellung similar to ginger candied, which is why Acorus calamus is also known as German Ginger.

The rhizome of calamus contains between one and five percent of essential oils, which also strongly remind of ginger and are an important part of the healing effect.

Effect of Kalmus – ingredients at a glance

In Kalmus, in addition to the already mentioned essential oils , bitter substances as well as mucus and tannins are also present . Above all, the bitter substances contained make the Kalmus a popular medicinal plant for loss of appetite and gastrointestinal complaints.

Below you will find details of the respective ingredients.

Bitter substances not only help with loss of appetite

Kalmus is not in vain used for thousands of years for digestive problems. Its various bitter substances stimulate the production of saliva and the production of gastric juice, which supports digestion.

In addition, bitter substances, which are also contained in galangal , for example , contribute to the release of the digestive hormone gastrin, which plays a crucial role in the digestive processes in the gastrointestinal tract. In addition to the metabolism stimulating effect, bitter substances are also considered

  • antibacterial,
  • antifungal (against fungi),
  • appetizing,
  • improves circulation,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • anticonvulsant,
  • entblähend
  • and even immune boosting.

Overall, bitter substances are said to make calmus a wonderful herb

  • loss of appetite,
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation,
  • liver disease
  • and indigestion.


Kalmuseigene mucous soothe mucous membranes

The mucilage contained in calmus, as well as in borage are known to develop a kind of protective film on the surface of mucous membranes. This is beneficial not only for inflamed gastrointestinal mucosa but also in case of oral mucosal inflammation.

Due to their protective film, mucous substances keep pain and inflammatory stimuli away from the mucous membranes. In this way, the mucosal tissue reacts less sensitive in the presence of inflammation.

Essential oils and bitter substances have an anti-inflammatory effect

When it comes to the treatment of inflammation , not only disinfectant tannins are effective in calm. Essential oils such as eugenol and asaron are also relevant for the beneficial effects of calamus root in inflammation. The ingredients mentioned is a

  • to stimulate blood circulation,
  • antispasmodic,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • antibacterial,
  • antifungal,
  • antiviral
  • and antioxidant

Effect said. Eugenol in particular is used here in a targeted manner for the treatment of oral mucosal, dental and gingivitis. All in all, tannins and essential oils in Kalmus are said to help alleviate

  • gastritis
  • inflammatory gastrointestinal diseases
  • Gingivitis
  • stomatitis
  • Infections in the mouth and throat

Use of Kalmus – please only in moderation

As shown above, you can Kalmus especially as

  • dried calamari tea,
  • Calamus oil or mother tincture of calamus oil
  • or candied squid roots

to buy. Also an extension in the own garden is possible. If the rearing succeeds, it can be harvested towards late summer. The cleaned roots are then cut into 20 cm pieces and dried in a shady place. For further processing, it is recommended to cut the roots into slices.

Calm root tea for ingestion and gargling

If you want to make a tea from calamus, one to two teaspoons of dried root are sufficient:

Hot tea approach from the calamus root:

  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of dried calamus root
  • 150 – 200 ml of boiling water
  • Brewing time: 5 minutes
  • 3 times a day before meals

The Kalmuswurzeltee is recommended at

  • Inflammation of the upper digestive tract,
  • Loss of appetite and
  • Gastrointestinal complaints.

For complaints after a rich meal, the tea can also be consumed after meals to stimulate digestion.


In addition, you can use the tea after cooling as a mouthwash, if you suffer from inflammation in the mouth and throat area.

Calamus or Kalmustinktur as a bitter

Just like Kalmustee also act calamus and tincture of Kalmus soothing to the stomach and intestines. A mouthwash solution is also conceivable if it is sufficiently diluted with water. If you want to make a bittersweet with the essences of calamus root, we recommend the following recipe:

Recipe for calabash gastric bitter:

  • 1 – 2 tbsp calamus oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon of Benedictine herb
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of centaury
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of orange (dried)
  • 1 tbsp vermouth
  • 1/2 tbsp cloves (chopped)
  • 1/2 l fruit brandy
  • Put the ingredients together with the fruit brandy in a bottle
  • Let the bitters ripen in the sun for six weeks in a bright place – shake the bottle daily
  • filter the bitter of the stomach after the extraction time
  • then close it well and store it cool in a dark bottle

if necessary, take 20 – 30 drops 3 times a day

Kalmus also chew for smoking cessation

Especially the South Americans like to chew fresh calamus root to alleviate or prevent indigestion. In addition to the positive health aspects, the root also ensures a fresh breath and should help smokers to exit.

It is said that the bitter substances contained in the calamus reduce the craving for a cigarette.

Side effects of Kalmus

So far, no interactions between drugs and Kalmus are known.

However, as there are still no adequate studies, pregnant women should as a precaution to abstain from taking the medicinal herb.

Experiences with Kalmus – study situation still insufficient

Despite its thousands of years of application history, the effect of Kalmus is still relatively unexplored. But there is a groundbreaking study. She examined the anti-inflammatory potential of Kalmus and was able to achieve positive results.

Notwithstanding the poor study situation, however, many people also swear by the digestive and appetizing effect of calamus root. A trial and error can be worthwhile.


Calm is a wonderful herb for the treatment of digestive and gastrointestinal complaints. It also helps with loss of appetite, inflammation in the mouth and throat.


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