(Mentha pulegium LAMIACEAE)
Used in the same manner as American Pennyroyal. Aromatic,sweet, spicy fragrance. Medicinal: The dried leaves can be used to prepare a tea to be used as a carminative, diaphoretic, and to promote menstruation, but is probably best avoided. Warning: Pennyroyal oil has historically been used as an abortifacient, but often with toxic consequences. Pennyroyal leaves or oil can be used as an insect repellent, but the oil should be applied to the clothing, not the skin.
|Flowers:||small greenish-white, inconspicuous|
|Lifecycle:||2 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|USDA Zones:||5 to 9|
|Propagation / Germination:||Requires light to germinate. Sow seeds on soil surface and press in lightly. Seeds germinate in about 14 days at 70F.|
|Sun:||Full sun or light shade|
|Pests and Diseases:||None noted|
Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, potato onions, specialty garlic varieties, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.
Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.