PennyRoyal Uses & Benefits :
Pennyroyal is an important member of the family of mints, used historically since the time of Pliny to stimulate suppressed menstruation, alleviate cramps and tension during a woman’s monthly cycle and facilitate childbirth. Pennyroyal causes abortion and should not be taken if you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant.Pennyroyal has been used as a Jamaican herb for centuries to treat feverish conditions. It promotes sweat, which helps to reduce fevers and cleanse toxins from the body through the skin. It is also a digestive that relieves indigestion, flatulence, and grumbling in the intestines.
Pennyroyal has been used as a natural insect repellent for centuries. A little goes a long way. Linalool (Demize), a citrus peel extract, is a natural, fast-acting flea killer, giving short residual control. Other botanicals include d-Limonene (Flea-Stop), citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, pennyroyal oil, balsam, lavender oil, calendula, comfrey, rosemary, tea tree oil and yucca.. Fleas Fact Sheet. (), Ohio State University EXT
OTHER BELIEFS ABOUT PENNYROYAL.
“Pennyroyal placed in the shoe prevents weariness during travel and strengthens the body in general” according to Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.
As an ‘Herb of Peace’, Pennyroyal aids in all types of tense situations, from business to personal negotiations. Pennyroyal kept in a bowl can bring peace to the household, or cease fighting between couples.
Folklore tells tales of seamen scattering Pennyroyal on rough seas to calm them. You can carry Pennyroyal on board ships to prevent seasickness.
Before taking pennyroyal, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have allergies (especially to plants), have any medical condition, or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Pennyroyal may not be recommended in some situations.
Do not take pennyroyal without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. In large doses, pennyroyal has been reported to cause abortion. Fatalities have resulted from the doses of oil required to exert an abortifacient effect. Do not take pennyroyal without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether pennyroyal will harm a nursing infant. There is no information available regarding the use of pennyroyal by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child’s doctor.
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