Other names: Pulegium, Run-by-the-Ground, Pudding Grass

A leaf tea was traditionally used for various ailments, and as an ancient medicine to induce menstruation or abortion, expectorant; insect repellant. Caution: essential oil of pennyroyal should never be taken internally as it is extremely toxic and can cause death.


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Riddle, John (January 1994). Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674168763