Bulk Orris Root (Peeled) Powder

Iris x germanica
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Orris Root (Peeled) Powder

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Orris root is obtained from a cultivar of iris often called Fleur-de-lis and can take up to five years to dry and age properly, after which the material smells like violet flowers.

Iris root powder is a common fixative in potpourri and perfumes and is also used to flavor gin. Orris root is also used as an ingredient found in natural toothpastes, body powders and in other cosmetics.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound4.5
origineastern europe
active compoundsStarch, resin, triterpenes, isoflavonoids, zanthones, resin, tannin, crystalline orris camphor, myristic acid iron, methyl myristate, oleic acid, esters, xanthones, irone, iridin.
plant part usedroot

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general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaFine powder with a light, floral aroma.


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cosmeticUse to make body powders, facial masks and natural dental products, such as tooth powders.
culinaryOrris root is used as flavoring in gin.
aromaticUse to “fix” the scent in potpourri mixtures.
industrialPowdered orris root is used in the fragrance industry.

flavor profile

orris root

Pleasant with a fresh but mild “green” flavor.

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what else you should know

orris root

Orris root is a “bearded” member of the Iris genus, which is thought to be named for the goddess Iris of Greek mythology. From ancient times, iris was regarded as a symbol of strength and a connector to the divine — said to be central to the origin of the sceptre. Egyptians placed it into the head-dressing of the Sphinx. The prominent three petals of the blossoms connected to the virtues of faith, wisdom and courage.

Orris root, described in literature from the 15th century, has long been used for a variety of purposes and is still used for flavoring and scenting today. It is an ingredient of the famous Bombay Sapphire gin.

Orris is also reputed to attract love. According to folklore, the desire for love will be fulfilled by placing powdered orris root into a cloth bag with items that represent romance and concentrating on them while holding the bag in the dominant hand.

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