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pennyroyal,

name for two similar plants of the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
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 family), usually distinguished as true, or European, pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) and American, or mock, pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegioides). Both have small bluish or purplish flowers in the leaf axils. The European pennyroyal is perennial and prostrate; the American is annual with numerous erect branches. Both contain a pungent oil said to be repellent to insects, especially fleas. The oil, obtained chiefly from the American pennyroyal, is used medicinally. Pennyroyal tea was an old domestic remedy. Other species of Hedeoma are sometimes called pennyroyal, but the false and bastard pennyroyals are different plants. Pennyroyals are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.
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pennyroyal

In mint family. The plant can be consumed fresh or as a tea but NOT the essential oil, which is highly toxic. Used as insect repellant. Tea has same properties as other plants in mint family. Increases digestive juices, decreases gas and digestive issues, respiratory infections, gout, worms, menstruation, eczema, antiseptic. Do not take if pregnant.

pennyroyal

1. a Eurasian plant, Mentha pulegium, with hairy leaves and small mauve flowers, that yields an aromatic oil used in medicine: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2. a similar and related plant, Hedeoma pulegioides, of E North America
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Garlands of Pennyroyal were worn around the head as an antidote to spasmodic nervous and hysterical afflictions.
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Essential oils from the following plant species were tested in this work: basil (Ocimum basilicum), cinnamon (Cynnamomum zeylanicum), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), laurel (Laurus nobilis), lemongrass (Cymbopogon winterianus), mint (Mentha arvensis), pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), orange (Citrus sinensis), oregano (Origanum vulgare), and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).
Several essential oils--including, but not limited to eucalyptus, fennel, hyssop, pennyroyal, rosemary and sage--can, if ingested, adversely affect a cat's nervous system and cause it to have convulsions.
Wash out their bedding and spray with a fine mist of 20 drops of pennyroyal oil and 2 teaspoons of methylated spirits to help repel fleas.
Of the herbs tested, spearmint displayed the strongest antioxidant properties, followed by pennyroyal and lemon verbena with fennel displaying the lowest.
In addition to the bag of crushed tea leaves, she also sent me home with a prenatal formula of squaw vine, blessed thistle and pennyroyal herb, black cohosh, and false unicorn root.
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