Pennyroyal Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Mentha pulegium
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering plant
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Fresh, minty-herbaceous
Largest Producing Countries: Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, and Italy
Traditional Use: Used in the fragrance industry and considered a natural source of pulegone. The live plant has also been used as an insect repellant.
Properties: Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, insect repellant, stimulant.
Benefits: Insect repellant. To use pennyroyal in a blend to repel insects it should be diffused, not applied topically.
Blends Well With: Citronella, geranium, lavender, rosemary, sage
Of Interest: The Roman cookbook Apicius calls for pennyroyal in many of its recipes. Pennyroyal is not used to cook with in modern times.
Safety Data: Avoid while pregnant. Not for internal use. May cause skin irritation. Not for use in aromatherapy.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).