Latin Name : Pimpinella Saxifraga
Burnet saxifrage is a perennial plant of the Apiaceae family (the carrot or parsley family) . The young leaves can be used as a component in mixed salads or as a garnish for cocktails.
Humans have been using this plant for centuries as a medicinal plant and kitchen spice, and sometimes also as a vegetable. All parts of the plant are edible. The whole plant contains many essential oils and exdues a strong aniseed-like aroma.
Here are some of the most important health benefits of Saxifrage Leaves:
– The dried leaves and root is said to have an expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and mildly astringent effect. It is used to dissolve mucus in the airways and to treat cough, sore throat, bronchitis and other infections of the upper respiratory tract.
– Extracts of the herb can be used as a gargle to reduce inflammation in the mouth and throat. Extracts and a decoction can be made both from water and alcohol.
– Burnet saxifrage may also have diuretic properties and can work well for kidney and urinary tract disorders such as cystitis and stones in the urinary tract.
– The herb has been used traditionally to stimulate milk production in lactating women.
– When the herb is taken internally it may stimulate appetite and reduce the formation of intestinal gas. Additionally it is thought to be useful herb for diarrhea.
– In the past, burnet saxifrage was used as a mild sedative and because of its antiseptic and healing properties, it was used topically as a treatment for wounds and other minor skin injuries.