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Sweet Flag

Acorus Calamus L.

This plant has a long history of usage in both Native and non-Native folk medicine traditions.

The Micmac considered it an excellent preventive medicine. They would place the root in water and steam it in the home to prevent illness.

It was also carried on the person for that purpose. The root was also chewed to relieve indigestion and stomach cramps. Sometimes it was powdered, mixed with warm water, and taken in this fashion.

The medicine was given to infants to ease stomach pain, cramps and belching. Many years ago it may have been used to treat cholera.

Common Micmac names for the plant are "Flagroot" and "Muskrat Food".

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