Orris Root- Medicinal herbs serve many different purposes. The Orris Root, or Iris x germanica, has been commonly used for perfumes, potpourris and sachets because of its unique violet-like fragrance. Orris Root has also been thought to be beneficial for dental health, bronchitis, diarrhea and dropsy. This natural herb is also thought to have valuable diuretic, emetic and cathartic properties.
Dried Orris Root is a staple of potpourri mixes due to its color and violet scent. The rhizomes of the Orris Root are harvested in late August and freed of the rootlets and brown outer bark. After that, the herbs are then dried and packed in casks for sale.
Orris Root herbs are often used as flavoring in candies or as a base for certain items like toothpastes and perfume. Tea made from Orris Root is sometimes used in cases of bronchitis, colds, coughs, diarrhea and dropsy. Used as medicinal herbs, they are thought to strengthen gums and freshen breath while also possibly having diuretic, emetic and cathartic benefits.
Because of the Orris has a scent similar to violets, these dried herbs were very popular during the 19th and 20 century. Orris Root cut and sifted is now commonly used to scent and preserve in pomander balls, spice wreaths, or sachets.