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Hedeoma Pulegioides, the common English Pennyroyal, the German Poley, the Arabic Alnam, the ancient Greek Glachon, is one of the oldest remedies known, a common household herb long before the time of Hippocrates.
Hippocrates and the old physicians used it as a tea for increasing the flow of urine, as a specific for stone in the kidney, and as a uterine stimulant.
For centuries pennyroyal has been considered a uterine tonic, and the popular belief is that it is a very valuable agent for producing abortion, but the results show that miscarriage is only induced in weak cachectic women.
Hedeoma belongs to that large class of mints, common herbs, that have been cast aside by the medical profession as worthless, but which, if the results shown by this paper are of any worth, will prove to be of inestimable value in many uric acid conditions
Flavorful and fragrant tea with a somewhat minty taste. Another of the teas used as an oriental tea substitute during the American Revolution.
Back in olden times when abortion was illegal, pennyroyal was used to induce abortion. In some cases it resulted in hemorrhage and serious complications for the mother. Therefore, it should never be used for that purpose. Helps in labor and delivery, though. Do not use without medical supervision.
The oil of this herb is a good insect repellent.
Strip the leaves from the stalk, put the leaves in a muslin bag, sew up the bag and put in pets bed. Fleas are chased away. Or sprinkle with pennyroyal oil or essence.