25.  The B List : Herbs and Spices that Heal - BURNET

Sanguisorba minor

Salad Burnet      

Small Burnet

Garden Burnet
Greater Burnet

Join the House of Full Flavor as we take on the Gulzaar Foods Burnet delicacies... an ancient herb with modern lifestyle uses!

Appearance and Description

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  • A rose family perennial that reaches up to 90cm in height
  • A primary dark brown root has short rhizomes that give rise to flower stalks
  • The leaves are rounded, heart-shaped with toothed edges and bluish green in color
  • Blooming from June to July, flowers are dark reddish and small
  • The small fruit has one nut
  • Burnet grows in meadows, ditches and damp alkaline soil areas
  • Great burnet is officially known as Sanguisorba Officinalis and then there is salad burnet, Sanguisorba minor
  • The flowers do not have petals


  • The Greater burnet is used in medicinal treatments
  • The roots and rhizomes and aerial parts have been used in herbal medicines
  • Salad burnet is used as a coolant and astringent. The young tender leaves are used in salads, dressings, sauces, and soups with basil, oregano, and dill

 BURNET Flavor

  • The older leaves are bitter, younger ones have a cucumber taste. They are used to flavor drinks
  • The root is sour and bitter in taste

BURNET Health Benefits

  • Salad burnet has exact medicinal qualities to the greater burnet and was used to relieve diarrhea
  • Used in Chinese and Western medicine for anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties
  • Relieves intense menstrual bleeding, blood in stool and urine, bleeding hemorrhoids and digestive disorders
  • Mouthwash 
  • Gum Inflammation and swollen tonsils treatment 



  1. Babaoglu, M. and Yorgancilar, M. (2000) ,TD-Specific plant regeneration in salad burnet, Plant cell, tissue and organ culture, 440: pp.31-32.
  2. Kazemeini, F., Malayeri, B. E., Chehregani, A., Lorestani, B., Kalvandi, R. (2013), Identification of the heavy metals accumulator plants in surrounding area of mine, International Journal of Agriculture and Crop Sciences, Vol., 6 (10), pp. 562-564.
  3. Singhurst, J. R.anHolmes, W. C. (2012), Sanguisorba Minor (Rosaceae) Adventive in Texas, pp. 1-2.
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