Pennyroyal is used for colds, pneumonia, and other breathing problems. It is also used for stomach pains, gas, intestinal disorders, and liver and gallbladder problems.
Net weight : 100 g
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Pennyroyal is a most useful member of the mint family. Traditionally used to repel fleas, mice and other pests, it is also a main ingredient in herbal insect repellents. And it's so easy to grow!
This upright, creeping perennial reaches 4 to 6 inches tall and spreads indefinitely. Narrow stems are lined with 1½-inch oval leaves and topped with whorls of lilac flowers.
What are all the benefits of Pennyroyal
Pennyroyal is antiseptic, so it's great for infections of the urethra, kidney and uterus. The use of pennyroyal oil can kill germs and bacteria if you use it in tiny doses.
For external use pennyroyal also has antiseptic and healing properties, so it's also suitable for cleaning wounds, preventing infection and promoting proper healing.
Due to its emenagogue properties, pennyroyal can help women have more regular menstruation and can even unblock it and make it come when it isn't coming. This happens thanks to the stimulation of estrogen and progesterone hormones.
Furthermore, pennyroyal is antipyretic due to its content it may be effective for treating colds and the flu combating their main symptoms. It also favours the increased ability to sweat, so is useful to help reduce fever.
Its sedative properties make pennyroyal an excellent tea to relax the body, combat symptoms of nervousness and trouble sleeping.
In more severe cases such as hysteria and convulsions, pennyroyal essetinal oil is able to calm the nerves and brain, so these attacks can stop.
As this plant has a numbing effect on nerves, it is also very useful for muscle pains and other more serious conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis. For people with a high count of uric acid, pennyroyal is a good option, as it reduces the count, therefore avoiding the conditions previously mentioned.
For internal use, pennyroyal is popularly well-known for its properties related to the treatment of digestive diseases. On one hand, it favours the removal and expulsion of gases accumulated in the intestine, making it effective for flatulence or bloating.
The pennyroyal tea is very digestive and thanks to its antispasmodic properties this plant is excellent for soothing and relieving stomach pains. It also offers choleretic properties, helping to stimulate liver function to increase the segregation of bile. It is very useful for those who want to keep the acid-base balance too and thus preventing this kind of diseases, only when used in moderation.
Pennyroyal, due to its high content of menthol offers expectorant properties very beneficial to the respiratory system. Thus, Pennyroyal helps to remove secretions that accumulate in the lungs, therefore its use is recommended for bronchitis and colds.
Pennyroyal has been recorded in history as far back as the first century AD, when it was mentioned by Roman naturalist Pliny and Greek physician Dioscorides. In the 17th century, English herbalist Nicholas Culpeper wrote about some uses for the plant including its role in women's ailments, venomous bites, and digestion. European settlers used the plant for respiratory ailments, mouth sores, and female disorders. The plant's oil has been used as a flea-killing bath, hence the name pulegioides (from the Latin word meaning flea), and has been used externally as a rubefacient (counter-irritant). In addition, the oil has found frequent use among natural health advocates as an abortive and as a means of inducing delayed menses. The oil and infusions of the leaves have been used in the treatment of weakness and stomach pains.
Pennyroyal has been used as an insect repellent, antiseptic, fragrance, flavoring, as an emmenagogue (to stimulate menstrual flow), carminative, stimulant, antispasmodic and for bowel disorders, skin eruptions, and pneumonia. The abortive effect of the oil is thought to be caused by irritation of the uterus with subsequent uterine contraction.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pennyroyal is LIKELY UNSAFE for anyone to use, but it is especially unsafe for children and people with the following conditions.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it is LIKELY UNSAFE to take pennyroyal by mouth or apply it to your skin. There is some evidence that pennyroyal oil can cause abortions by causing the uterus to contract. But the dose needed for this effect could kill the mother or cause her life-long kidney and liver damage.
Pennyroyal leaf tea seems to be able to start menstruation, which could also threaten a pregnancy.
Children: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to give children pennyroyal by mouth. Two infants developed serious liver and nervous system injuries after taking pennyroyal, and one infant died.