This ancient herb is found in many herbals throughout history and is highly touted for its many medicinal properties. The botanical name is Mentha Pulegium, and it enjoys such amusing common names like Lurk-in-the-ditch and Pudding Grass. A member of the mint family, it is a pungent tasting and fragrant herb that is used for wound treatment, bruising, headaches and for blood purification. Pennyroyal tea is a favorite among many herbal remedies, and is especially good to help administer clarity and remove faintness or dizziness. It is said to be able to clear mucous from the lungs and sweeten the breath.
Pennyroyal tea is able to help when you need to fight a chill brought on by sickness, and is very soothing to the digestive system. It reduces indigestion and gas, and helps calm colonic spasms. The tea leaves can be applied externally as an antiseptic agent to infected wounds, and relieves aching and tired joints and muscles. It can help treat acne and remove scars from the skin, is good to treat minor burns, and is said to reduce bruises and swelling. It was once used to treat leprosy, which suggests that it has intense antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial components as well.
Once a popular culinary herb, this low growing member of the mind family is now mostly known as Pennyroyal tea, and is seeing a remarkable turn of interest. It can be used to treat menstruation cramps or irregularities. A word of caution, however; in the wrong quantities it can cause spontaneous miscarriage, so pregnant women should avoid this product. It is a mild inducer of sweating, and as such can be employed to help break or reduce fever and chills. The crushed herb or tea bag works well as an external application to repel mosquitoes, flies and is famous for repelling fleas.
Some studies have suggested that the more concentrated essential oil can be toxic to both people and animals. However, pennyroyal tea is considered safe for consumption in the correct quantities, and it has been in use for centuries as a tonic and purifier. In folklore, it is said that pennyroyal can cleanse water and make it fit to drink. However, not all folk tales can be believed, and there is little evidence to suggest that Pennyroyal can remove toxins from water. However, it does make a pleasant drink and has much value both externally and internally as long as common sense is used.