Powdered, Orris Root from Aboca, Italy. From ancient times the stately Iris has stood as a symbol of power and majesty. It was dedicated to Juno in Roman times and the Egyptians placed it on the brow of the Sphinx and on the sceptre of their kings, the three leaves of its blossoms typifying faith, wisdom and valour.
The Iris flower (‘fleur de lis’) has represented the French monarchy since medieval times. The parts used are powdered roots.
In the past it has been used commercially in Tooth Powders, Toothpastes and snuff because of its pleasant smell. It tempers bad breath. The dried root is good for babies to chew on while teething.
The carbohydrates, essential oils and tannins work together to produce an astringent, protective and healing effect.
Iris continues to be used in the preparation of essences for soaps, perfumes and skin care products (e.g. in Weleda's Iris collection). Orris Root is also used as a fixative in perfumes and pot pourris.
Orris Root is considered to have a positive effect on the moisture content and elasticity of the skin. Mildly refreshing and astringent, it regulates moisture exchange in the skin which helps the skin to rid itself of dead particles and other toxins.
Genuine Essential Oil of Orris Root is very expensive.