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Traditional and historic uses of the substance.
In ancient times the leaves were infused in wine or vinegar and used as a heart tonic. The plant is also an effective vulnerary for treating wounds, either taken internally as a tea or used as an astringent external wash or healing salve. Small Burnet is still in common usage as a culinary herb. The young leaves especially are tender and impart a cucumber-like taste to salads, dressings and cheese.