Mentha pulegium

Mentha pulegium L.

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

  • Pennyroyal
  • فولية
  • fulaya
  • נַענַע הַכַּדּוּרִים
  • na'na' ha-kadurim

Hemicryptophyte?

  • Humid habitats

Click to view:

Click Flora of Israel Online to view
distribution and other botanical details.

Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Mentha pulegium L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

Prepare infusion of 1 teaspoon of leaves & stems in hot water & gargle.

FruitZ
Respiratory

Cold/ runny nose/ cough; induces sweating

Anti-Infective, Anti-catarrhal, Anti-tussive, Diaphoretic

1. Prepare infusion of leaves & stems & whip the watery extract + sugar + egg white until foamy; drink before sleeping; it induces sweating.
2. Cook leaves & stems +" za'tar farisi" (Thymbra capitata) & drink x1 cup before sleeping. May dilute with milk.

Fruit, SeedZ

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Mentha genus has some species which contain eucalyptol, pulegone, methofuran, carvacrol & coumarin in the essential oil, which when taken in large amounts can cause an abortion. Species rich in essential oil may have a CNS depressant effect. Direct application can be irritant.