Calamus is locally called as Bojho  belonging to the family Araceae. It is an evergreen shrub that can reach a height of 1 meter. It is found throughout Nepal, altitudes of 200 – 2300 meter. Calamus oil is obtained by the steam distillation process of the rhizomes. This oil is particularly stimulating the nerves and blood circulation. It is an aid to increases blood circulation in the affected area and gives relief from the pain and  swelling that are associated  with  rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.

  • Botanical Name: Acarus calamus .L
  • Distillation part of plant: Rhizome
  • Main Constituentsβ-Asarone (79%)
  • Local Name: Bojho
  • Sourcing: Wild Crafted
  • Production Month: March- April
  • Production: Contracted community forest groups
General Properties

Physical Properties:

  • Aroma: Sweet herbal, faintly balsamic
  • Notes: Middle
  • Color: Clear pale straw
  • Appearance:  liquid



Available Quantity: 150 gm to 100 K.G

  • Medicine: The rhizome is carminative, stimulant, aphrodisiac and is also used as tonic. An infusion is given to treat asthma, cough, cold and bronchial and chest pains. About 6 teaspoons of juice of fresh rhizome is taken once a day to treat diarrhea and dysentery. The paste of the rhizome is applied for rheumatism. Powdered rhizome is mixed with mustard oil and is applied to treat scabies and other fungal skin diseases.
  • Food: A pinch of rhizome powder is put in a cup of tea for flavor.
  • Others: The rhizome has insecticidal properties
  • In perfumery: Used in perfumes of the woody and oriental type and to scent hair powders.
  • In cosmetics: Added to mouth washes and used to flavor chewing gum.


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