Rat Root (also called sweet flag, wikkaii or weegas). This Manitoba-harvested species (Acorus americanus) is free of the carcinogenic that is found in the root imported from India and Asia.
Within the Native American community Rat Root has a pain relieving effect and was effective in fighting off colds, coughs, upset stomachs and fevers. It gets its name because muskrats like to chew on these roots. Can be chewed on when you feel a cold coming on. A poultice of the crushed root is used externally to help with muscle cramps.
Not to be used by pregnant women.