Pennyroyal is an herb belonging to the mint family. The fragrance of the crushed leaves is a similar scent to spearmint.
The Greeks and Romans commonly used this plant as a culinary herb. The Greeks flavored their wine with it. It was commonly used during the Middle Ages for cooking, but is seldom used today.
This plant has a long historical use as a poison. The dried plant was used to get rid of pests by the early colonial settlers in Virginia.
By steeping the plants in water an infusion can be made and drank as a tea. Boiling water is poured over the herb and allowed to steep, then strained, and refrigerated for future dilution. The tea is said to be safe for ingestion in limited quantities. Don’t ingest the tea if you are pregnant, because this herb is an abortifacient.
This herb was used for a wide variety of ailments in ancient times. It was believed to purify the blood and be able to communicate its purifying qualities to water.
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Botanical Name - Mentha pulegium
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled
Parts Used - Flowering plant
Note Classification - Middle
Aroma - Fresh, minty-herbaceous
Largest Producing Countries - Morocco , Spain , Tunisia , Italy , and Portugal
Traditional Use - This oil is used as a fragrance material mainly in detergents or low-cost industrial perfumes. It’s employed mainly as a source of natural pulegone.
Properties - Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, insect repellant, refrigerant, and stimulant.
Benefits – Pennyroyal oil shouldn’t be used in aromatherapy.Blends Well With - Citronella, geranium, lavandin, rosemary, and sage.
Safety Data -
is an oral toxin and abortifacient (due to pulegone content). Ingestion of even small doses has resulted in death. This oil isn’t to be used internally and not to be used while pregnant. Even at extremely low levels this oil can be toxic to pets so it shouldn’t be used as a natural flea repellent.
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