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Orris Root, Granules 1/2 Oz. (Iris germanica)

Orris Root, Granules 1/2 Oz. (Iris germanica)

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One half ounce, cut and sifted.100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher.

Orris root (Iris germanica), which is also known as iris root, is the underground stem (rhizome) of the Iris germanica and Iris pallida plants. Cultivated for millennia, evidence of its use in perfumes dates to ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The prized part of the iris plant is the rhizome, which takes 3-4 years to mature before it can be harvested. After drying, the orris root takes on a pleasant, violet-like scent, making it a popular ingredient in perfumes and potpourri.

Historically, orris root has been used in various cultures for medicinal purposes. In Europe, it was used to treat coughs, bronchitis, and stomach ulcers. It was also believed to be a laxative and a diuretic. While some of these uses have been lost to time, orris root is still used in some cultures as a topical antiseptic to aid wound healing.

In the culinary world, orris root is used in small quantities as a flavoring agent. The subtle floral notes can be found in some traditional gin recipes and Italian orris candies.

Perhaps the most intriguing historical use of orris root lies in the realm of magic. Believed to possess protective qualities associated with the iris flower's sword-shaped leaves, the iris was often planted near homes to ward off evil spirits. The iris symbolized hope and new beginnings, associated with the arrival of spring when the plant blooms. Additionally, the powdery orris root was used as a base for magical powders and incenses. It was believed to enhance eloquence and persuasion, making it a popular tool for anyone needing a little extra charm. Even today, irises remain a popular choice for flower arrangements, their vibrant colors and unique form bringing a touch of elegance to any occasion.

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