Pennyroyal is a perennial herb that grows up to 50cm (20 in) tall with smooth roundish stalks and aromatic, gray-green oval leaves. It belongs to the mint family.
Reported Attributes of Pennyroyal Essential Oil:-
The herb and oil were traditionally used to strengthen the nerves, being valuable in so called hysteric disorders, nervous exhaustion and externally applied for pain resulting from neuralgia. It has a long traditional use as a carminative, diaphoretic, stimulant and as an emmenagogue.
Pennyroyal Blends With:-
Apart from other mints and Citrus oils it really does not blend well
History of Pennyroyal:-
It is a herbal remedy of ancient repute, and was used to purify the blood, for digestive and menstrual problems and feverish colds. It also has a deserved reputation as an insect repellent.
The term Pennyroyal (or Pennyrile, from a dialectal pronunciation) is also used to describe a geographic province of western Kentucky where the above-described herb grew in profusion sufficient to lend its name to the whole area.
CAUTIONS: The Essential Oil is toxic.
It is a powerful abortifacient, and in small quantities can even cause acute liver and lung damage. Use extremely well diluted.
It is not recommended for aromatherapy and should only be applied externally.