Pennyroyal contributes to the proper functioning of the stomach, liver and digestive system, while it can relax you before bedtime and relieve you from migraine, diarrhea, bronchitis, kidney disease, gallstones and liver hypo function. Due to its intense smell it can be used as an insect repellent and it can also repel fleas, parasites, ants and mice. Pennyroyal crushed leaves can be used on insect bites to alleviate form itching as well as on gums to fight bad mouth.
Pennyroyal essential oil has antiseptic and anesthetic properties, while it is toxic when applied internally.
Dioscorides used to call Pennyroyal Glichon or Vlichro.
Doctors in ancient times used it to stimulate or increase menstrual flow. They used the wild pennyroyal to treat the whooping cough and generally diseases of the respiratory organs, while it was considered a great anti-arthritic herb. Celsus (2nd century AD) prescribed its steam as a treatment for toothaches.
As a decoction or infusion using its blossomed leave tops, pennyroyal is a tonic, a sedative, a tranquilizer, an expectorant, a cardio tonic, an antispasmodic and an emollient.
Pennyroyal has the great ability to aid digestion and to relieve from flatulence and is also used to stimulate or increase menstrual flow. It offers smokers with detoxification and can fight muscular spasms throughout the body.
Συμβάλλει στην εύρυθμη λειτουργία του εντέρου, του ηπατικού συστήματος, προσφέρει ηρεμία πριν την κατάκλιση και ανακούφιση από ημικρανία, διάρροια, βρογχίτιδα, νεφροπάθειες, χολολιθιάσεις και ηπατική υπολειτουργία.
In folk medicine it was prescribed as an expectorant in bronchial cells and was widely used by the people to treat asthma, especially by the elderly, who claimed it could “open” their respiratory organs. Pennyroyal gargles help fight respiratory diseases.