Using Calamus for Sharpening the Mind
Calamus root is an effective herb for stimulating cerebral functions and brain tissue. It will not necessarily increase knowledge, but it may broaden your capacity for knowledge. It both energizes brain function, and at the same time promotes a feeling of relaxation, having an overall balancing effect on the mind. Perhaps some of the calamus benefits for the brain are due to the herb's warming effect, as it increases blood circulation, and brings more oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Acorin, acoretin, calamine, mucilage, and tannins are all compounds found in this herb.
As an Ayurvedic brain tonic, this plant improves the brain's ability to process information and supports the nervous system, making it one of several Ayurvedic therapies to have a beneficial impact on the mind, without negative side effects. A natural remedy for improving memory is to take a pinch of calamus root powder with half a teaspoon of honey each morning and evening. An herbal infusion can also be taken, either brewed from one or two teaspoons of the dried herb, or by mixing calamus root powder in boiling water.
There are some claims that this root can act as a hallucinogenic or psychedelic drug due to certain compounds found in the plant. Although the sweet flag rhizome may 'elevate' the mind, and have a mild psychoactive effect, it is far from a substitute for psychedelic drugs. In Ayurveda, calamus is actually used as a remedy for the toxic effects of cannabis on the liver and the brain.