Orris Root Absolute is made by using solvent extraction of Orris Roots. It is basically used in perfumery and in preparing pharmaceutical preparations. It has scent of its own, but it is usually not detectable when blended with other herbs.
Orris root is the root of some species of iris, grown principally in southern Europe. Once important in western herbal medicine, it is now used mainly as a fixative and base note in perfumery, as well as an ingredient in many brands of gin. Orris root must generally be hung and aged for 5 years before It can be used for perfumery.
Orris Root is valued in perfumery for its violet-like aroma and its unique fixative qualities. This oil tends to separate making it a bit hard to work with, however, it is highly recommended for those who are looking for this unusual and hard to find oil. It blends best with fixed oils and works excellently in solid perfumes.
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. 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.
Superstition has long held that the orris root can be used to find and hold love. The whole orris root is carried, the powder is added to sachets, sprinkled on sheets, clothing and the body, and around the house.
Orris root has also been used in tinctures to flavour syrups.
Today, powdered orris root is used in cosmetic preparations and as a fixative in herbal sachets and pot pourri.