Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Hedeoma pulegioides

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Toxicology:  A case of poisoning by the oil is reported by Dr. Toothacker, ( Phil .  Jour .  of Hom ., 2, 655.) of a woman who took, at intervals, doses of a teaspoonful of the oil; she presented the following symptoms: Severe headache; difficult deglutition; great nausea, severe retchings, but inability to vomit; intolerable bearing down, labor - like pains, with tenderness of the abdomen; constipation; dyspnoea; semi - paralysis of the limbs; nervous weakness, and prostration. (Millspaugh’s Medicinal Plants).

Pennyroyal oil contains as much as 85% of the ketone pulegone, an extremely toxic phytochemical. Overdose of the essential oil has been reported to cause severe liver damage, coma and death. Quantities as small as 1/2 teaspoonful of the essential oil have caused extremely toxic reactions, and the effective abortifacient dosage is dangerously close to the lethal dose. Women have died when attempting to induce abortion by ingesting pennyroyal oil.

Contact Dermatitis is possible when using the crushed leaf or the undiluted oil extract on the skin to repel insects.

Hedeoma contains three bodies peculiar to the plant, three different oils ; also formic and acetic acid, and likewise ischeptoic acid.


Side Effects: Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
Chest pain
Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin


Other Possible Side Effects: You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

Blood clotting problems (you may bleed easier and it could take a long time to stop bleeding) (3)
Increase in your heart beat and blood pressure (3)
Seizures (convulsions) (3)
Hallucinating (a feeling that you are seeing, hearing, or smelling something) (3)
Upset stomach (4)
Other Possible Side Effects: You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

Blood clotting problems (you may bleed easier and it could take a long time to stop bleeding) (3)
Increase in your heart beat and blood pressure (3)
Seizures (convulsions) (3)
Hallucinating (a feeling that you are seeing, hearing, or smelling something) (3)
Upset stomach (4)