Mentha pulegium

Mentha pulegium L.

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

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


  • Humid habitats

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Mentha pulegium L.

Activity / Interpretation Traditional

Parts Used

Oral Health



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


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.