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Sweet Flag, Premium Whole (acorus americanus)


Sweet Flag/Wiikkay/Rat Root/Bitter Root (Acorus Americanus).

Harvested in pristine locations by Indigenous families.

The Acorus Americanus diploid strain does not contain the procarcinogenic β-asarone. 

Two species of Sweet Flag are found in North America:

A. calamus is a European introduced and naturalized perennial emergent iris-like herb growing in moist environments with the leaves erect and up to 5 feet in height, shorter in environments with only moderate moisture.

A. americanus is a native North American species with similar overall characteristics. The differences are given below. The leaves are erect and flat, with a thick center, and sword-like, bright green, rising fan-like from a white base that can have pink to red colors. The lower section of the leaf (proximal part) is more swollen, while the upper part (distal part) flattens out.

In calamus the midvein only is prominently raised and usually off-center. Leaves are 1 inch or less wide. The leaf is also slightly longer and slightly wider than americanus, which has an additional 1 to 5 major parallel veins. These may not be immediately evident on fresh leaves, but holding the blade to the light, or when dry, will show them. 

Precautions: Specific: Health Canada warns that any kind of use without the supervision of an informed physician is hazardous. Do not ingest if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, have allergies or are on medications. This herb has been known to interact with medications for sedation, depression, antacids, and stomach acid blockers. General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by Health Canada. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.