Pennyroyal (Mentha)

Pennyroyal (Mentha)


Species (Family) : Mentha pulegium L. (Labiatae/Lamiceae), †Hedeoma pulegioides (L.) Pers.

Synonym(s) : Pulegium vulgare Mill., P. parviflorum (Req.) Samp. pro parte, †Melissa pulegioides L., Squaw Mint

Part(s) Used :Herb

Constituents : Volatile oils oumarins

Food Use : Pennyroyal is not commonly used in foods. It is listed by the Council of Europe as a natural source of food flavouring. This category indicates that there is insufficient information available for an adequate assessment of toxicity (but see Side-effects, Toxicity). Previously, in the USA, pennyroyal has been permitted for use in foods.

Form of product : Dried leaf, Extract, Distillate, Essential oil

Herbal Use : Pennyroyal is stated to possess carminative, antispasmodic, diaphoretic and emmenagogue properties, and has been used topically as a refrigerant, antiseptic and insect repellent. Traditionally, it has been used for flatulent dyspepsia, intestinal colic, common cold, delayed menstruation, and topically for cutaneous eruptions, formication and gout.