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Bison grass Hierochloe odorata
Location: EuropeBison Grass is a plant native to Europe and North America. This aromatic plant from cold, humid zones, finishes growing at the end of summer and can reach up to 60 cm in height. Its Latin name, hierochloe odorata, (‘hieros’ meaning holy, 'chloe' meaning grass), reveals something of its ‘sacred’ character, and for a long time it was used in a ritual manner as incense in North America and thrown in armfuls on the ground at the entrance to churches in the North of Europe. Thanks to its delicate fragrance which resembles vanilla, it is widely used today as a fragrant base in sweets and perfumes. In fact it is used to flavour the famous vodka ‘Zubrowka’, whose Polish name means ‘bison grass vodka’. Thanks to its medicinal properties, it is commonly used in treatments for coughs and sore throats. In cosmetics, its capacity to improve skin tone makes it particularly well-adapted to the specific needs of men’s skin.