The pimpinella is a widespread and extremely used plant in amalgamation not only phytotherapeutic, but also culinary. It is in fact an annual plant, widespread on the territory, usually called anise, or green anise, and used to make liqueurs, but also other products of various kinds, up to icicles and ice creams. The plant is easily recognizable, formed by a hollow and roundish herbaceous stem, with leaves that can be toothed and with a long petiole at the base, and then shrink and have hair on the top. The flowers, of very small size, develop in quantity on the upper part of the plant to form a flat and wide umbrella. In the culinary field, the most used parts of the burnet burner they are the seeds, which are rich in active ingredients and are usually used for the production of liqueurs or even in confectionery, to flavor the foods being prepared. In the phytotherapeutic field, on the other hand, the flowers and green parts of the plant are also used, rich in active ingredients, which are particularly effective against painful spasms and disorders of the intestinal and gastric tract. There burnet burner it is widely spread throughout Italy in the form of spontaneous germination, but it can also be grown for large-scale or small-scale production, in its own green space, to decorate and at the same time have an effective and beneficial medicinal plant available, to be used need.

Active ingredients and benefits

The active ingredient contained in greater quantities in the pimpinella is the one that gives its name to the plant itself, namely anethole. It makes it possible to use the medicinal plant for the creation of liqueurs and sweets with an unmistakable flavor, while in the phytotherapeutic field it boasts highly effective properties. The pimpinella is used to soothe painful ailments and inflammations of various kinds, especially for what concerns the internal use and the tracts related to the stomach, intestine up to acting as an effective remedy for menstrual pain caused by internal spasms. In addition to being an antispasmodic, the pimpinella is also digestive and therefore promotes the rebalancing of the body in the case of disorders such as vomiting, nausea or intestinal problems. The burnet also has an antibacterial and expectorant function, so it can also be useful in case of ailments of catarrhal origin. Almost without side effects, anica can also be used to reduce abdominal swelling and even in small children to relieve colic-related ailments. However, it is necessary to carefully follow dosages and administration together with your doctor, as it is a plant with stimulating effects for the nervous system.


Although it is widely spread throughout the territory in its natural state, cultivating the burnet can be extremely useful to have an always ready aroma available that can customize your kitchen, or even to be able to take digestive infusions as needed. It is sufficient to plant the seeds in a sunny position and on fertile soil, which however avoids the formation of stagnant water and excessive humidity, to see your burnet grow healthy and robust. Sowing can take place in pots or directly in the ground, and it is advisable to do it towards the end of spring, when there is no longer any risk of frost and the temperatures are not too cold. It is not necessary to provide for frequent watering: once or twice a week is sufficient, remembering that the plant must not be immersed in water and water stagnations. In this case, in fact, the plant could develop fungal diseases, which would lead to the death of the burnet itself.

Pimpinella: Products on the market

Among the main anise-based products on the market, there are liqueurs and pastry products. As for the phytotherapeutic field, however, it is possible to use infusions, decoctions and herbal teas with burnet, which exploit the active ingredients of the plant to give life to products and effective solutions against intestinal and digestive tract disorders. In the medical field it is also possible to find solutions such as syrups and tablets based on burner extracts, but as far as consumption is concerned, care must be taken, both for purchased products and for home-made infusions: taken in excessive quantities , the burnet becomes toxic and a real drug, therefore consumption must be limited to cases of need and in compliance with the quantities and times indicated. The burnet and its derivatives can also be taken by children, but in this case it is necessary to pay particular attention to the secondary effects, which are linked to the excitation of the nervous system, which has even greater resonance on children. Despite this, an occasional and careful consumption or in small quantities does not present particular contraindications and can be an excellent digestive, as well as a natural solution against painful spasms related to the menstrual cycle.

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