Dried orris root is used primarily as a base for natural toothpastes, and as a fixative in perfumes to enhance other aromas.
Powdered orris root lends a pleasant scent to freshly laundered linens and to potpourri. It also can be used to relieve sinus headache.
Orris root is known to possess anti-inflammatory activity explaining the herb's traditional use as a remedy for sore throats and colds. Orris root is mildly diuretic.
If it is to be used internally, it is recommended only under the care of someone experienced in this herb.