Plant part: Leaves
Blends well with: Citronella, geranium, lavender, rosemary, sage, peppermint, spearmint
Aroma: Minty, herbaceous, green, dry and rounded
Consistency: Thin – Medium
Color: Clear – Pale Yellow
Pennyroyal essential oil has a fresh and minty essence. It has been used for centuries in many different folk remedies, which at first seems odd because the plant is generally regarded as toxic. With the help of much research, these days we now have numerous safe ways to administer Pennyroyal oil.
The Roman cookbook Apicius calls for the use of pennyroyal in many of its recipes. As it is toxic if taken internally, it is not used for cooking much these days. The plant itself has been used as a good insect repellant though, and Pennyroyal in the form of an essential oil can also make a good bug repellant. When diluted and used topically, Pennyroyal essential oil helps cure the body of digestive ailments such as indigestion and nausea, while increasing appetite.
Pennyroyal is a member of the mint family. The herb itself grows around 2 feet tall and produces stalks with purple flowers and highly aromatic leaves. The leaves are steam distilled to remove the maximum amount of Pennyroyal essential oil possible.
Uses of Pennyroyal Essential Oil
Digestive: Eases dyspepsia/indigestion, alleviates nausea, increases appetite, reduces vomiting.
Skin: can be used in an insect repellent
Therapeutic Properties: anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, insecticidal, stimulant
Recipes With Pennyroyal Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Pennyroyal oil
- 3 drops of Ginger oil
- 8 drops of Peppermint oil
- 9 drops of Sweet Orange oil
- 4 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- Add to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle, apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage.
- 25 drops of Pennyroyal oil
- 10 drops of Lemongrass oil
- 10 drops of Lavender oil
- 10 drops of Peppermint oil
- 30 drops of Cedarwood oil
- 45 drops of Citronella oil
- 40 drops of Lemon oil
- 40 drops of Eucalyptus oil
- 3 ounce of witch hazel
- Add to a 12 ounce spray bottle, shake well before using, to be sure the oils are dispersed in the water. Best sprayed on clothing, not skin