25 November 2008

Botanical Name
Mentha pulegium

Origin
France and Germany

Color
Yellow or greenish

Aroma
Strong aromatic odour and taste

Extraction Method
Pennyroyal oil is extracted by the process of steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Pulegone, menthone, iso-menthone and neomenthone

Therapeutic Properties
Carminative, diaphoretic, purifying agent, stimulant and emmenagogic

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • It was used to purify the blood, for digestive and menstrual problems and feverish colds
  • It also has a deserved reputation as an insect repellent
  • It is used as an antidote to spasmodic, nervous and hysterical affections
  • It helps in disorders caused by sudden chill or cold

Precaution

  • Pennyroyal oil even in small doses produces acute liver and lung damage
  • Pennyroyal oil is a toxin and abortifacient

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