The Burnet is a nice and colorful herbaceous plant belonging to the family Rosaceae. When it is left to live at home can reach one meter high abundantly. The stem is steep and stiff, with leaves often at ground level, supported by long tails and comprising five pairs of leaflets, with an odd in the extreme, are among elliptical and ovate. The flowers are borne atop a kind of shrine that forms the apex of the branches.
It breeds in wet meadows scattered throughout the Pyrenees and the Cantabrian area, reaching Galicia. As we approach its presence south is becoming increasingly scarce.
Flowers in summer, between June and August, according to the area where you are. In his collection are interested in fresh plant with the root. The underground parts should be collected when the plant is beginning to dry up just before the first snowfall. If not done at this time, then you should wait until spring, when as yet there has sprung and the full force of the plant is concentrated in the root and rhizome.
According to recent studies on this plant, when dry the root may contain a high percentage of tannins (about 15%) plus small amounts of a sugar and a saponin called sanguisorbina. But the major component, which in turn is the main reason that this herb is a compendium study on medicinal plants, is the vitamin C or ascorbic acid, as well known and consumed by all. The tannins give it an astringent character that is used mainly in cases of interest cut diarrhea. As discussed, has a powerful effect in modifying the intestinal secretions.
Vitamin C can not say much, as well as being a vital element in our body is one of the compounds used and consumed today, therefore, that we should remember that any substance used in excess can cause more problems in the long run than good. The recommended amounts of vitamin hover around 100-200 mg., Varying slightly in the case of smokers, in subjects under hypocaloric regime and in a few cases. It's a mistake to believe that the more vitamin consumed best effect is achieved on the body. Quantities above 500 mg. Are directly eliminated in urine and from 1 g / day may cause a problem.
cooking. Prepare a decoction from the root. This is kept boiling for 15 min., 60 to 80 g. Plant in a liter of water. It usually take two to three cups a day, if the aim is to cut diarrhea.
HABITAT: Wet meadows of the Pyrenees
PART USED: Root and plant fresh
CATALAN: Pimpinella major
Antidiarrheal Strong, Astringency, Source of vitamin C Leve.
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