(Herbs Wiki) Orris Root

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Orris Root Scientific Names and Common Names,Orris Root Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Orris Root Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Wiki) Orris Root


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | How Sold | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Iris X Germanica var. Florentina Iridaceae Iris family

Common Name

Florentine iris
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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Orris root is the rootstock of the Florentine iris. It has the typical erect, basal, sword-like leaves. The flowers are white with blue veins, violet scented, the outer divisions fringed with yellow. Flowering time is from March through July.

Plant likes full sun in deep, rich, well-drained soil. Harvest rhizomes in late autumn.

Orris is obtained from 3 varieties of garden Iris known botanically as Iris Germanica, Iris pallida, and Iris Florentina.
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Where Found

Grows in the Mediterranean countries.
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Medicinal Properties

Diuretic, stomachic.
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Orris root is native to Asia Minor, the Balkans, and Italy.

The dried rhizomes have been used by herbalists for many centuries. Fresh, the rhizomes have little odor, but dried, they have a sweet scent of violets. The characteristic violet odor is gradually developed during the drying process and does not attain its maximum fragrance for at least 2 years. Used years ago to keep linen, blankets, wardrobes, chests, etc., fresh and smelling sweet. Orris has been used as the main ingredient in almost all the old-fashioned face powders, foot powders, sachet powder, dental creams, violet scented soaps and cosmetics, and pot-pourri.

Whole roots of Orris, resembling the human form, are used in voodoo performances and the powdered root is an ingredient in “love potions.”
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Orris root is used in treatment of dropsy and other water retention problems. It is also used sometimes for bronchitis, coughs, and sore throat; for colic; and for congestion in the liver. Relieves shortness of breath, resists poisoning, starts menses as a uterine stimulant, and reduces bruises if used externally.
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How Sold

Commercial production of orris root is centered in Florence, Italy.
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Do not use during pregnancy, it is a uterine stimulant.
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Herbal Gardening, compiled by The Robison York State Herb Garden, Cornell Plantations, Matthaei Botanical Gardens of the University of Michigan, University of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley., Pantheon Books, Knopf Publishing Group, New York, 1994, first edition

, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1988, fifth printing, 1994

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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