Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is a plant in the mint genus, within the family Lamiaceae. Crushed Pennyroyal leaves exhibit a very strong fragrance similar to spearmint. Pennyroyal is a traditional culinary herb, folk remedy, and abortifacient. (abort fetus) The essential oil of Pennyroyal is used in aromatherapy, a highly toxic volatile organic compound affecting liver and uterine function.
Strongly aromatic with a menthol-mint aroma. A hardy ground cover used as an insect repellant.
The most popular current use of the tea is to settle the stomach. Other reported medicinal uses through history include treatment for fainting, flatulence, gall ailments, gout, and hepatitis (presumably Hepatitis A), and as a lung cleanser, a gum strengthener and, when ground with vinegar, a tumor remedy.
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