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 powder 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. 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 Root has a scent similar to violets, these dried herbs were very popular during the 19th and 20 century. Orris Root is now commonly
used to scent and preserve in pomander balls, spice wreaths, or sachets.