PENNYROYAL (MENTHA PULEGIUM)Strong pungent and aromatic emmenagogue, antispasmodic, & expectorant from the mint family.
How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Pennyroyal (also Penny Royal) is sharp, peppery and aromatic. Surprisingly, it is also cooling and bitter. This makes it ideal for wind-heat (hyperactive immune response and high fever). It is also an expectorant mucolytic for cold, damp lungs.
The sharpness and aromatic nature stimulates the heart and dilates vessels, making pennyroyal an effective blood mover. It's blood moving qualities clear stagnation of the uterus. It is superb for spasmodic dysmenorrhea, and as an effective emmenagogue.
It's blood moving qualities make it an effective expectorant, at dispersing blood in cases of swelling and bruise (contusion), and as an antidote to poison. It's strong nature repels insects, giving it the name 'fleamint' and 'herbes aux puces' in french.
The aromatic nature opens and relaxes all the 'tubes' of the body - smooth muscle tissue. This reduces colic of bowels, blood vessels, uterus, and lungs. Aromatic herbs also relax the nerves, making Pennyroyal effective for epilepsy and cramping. Its cold properties were used in Morocco for heat stroke related spasms.
As it is sharp, aromatic, and bitter, it is a superb digestive and cholagogue.
Avoid when pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it is abortifascient.
SUGGESTED USE1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
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Biocharacteristics of Pennyroyal
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT TOXIC BIOCHARACTERISTIC
A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine
people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Digestion, Liver Gallbladder, Mind Stress Sleep, Reproductive Health, Respiratory Health
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Pennyroyal
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.
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Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.
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An herb used topically that causes dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation. The skin will appear red or flushed.
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Expectorants help you eliminate mucus from the lungs. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus. Expectorants are indicated when phlegm congests the lower respiratory tract.
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An antidote for a poison. Many anti-poisonous herbs draw out a poison and are good for insect bites. Others help burn it up.
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Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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Oxytocin stimulates uterine contractions, and prepares the uterus for labor. It has a vasoconstricting effect. Emotionally, it is tribal.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.
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Foods with a Similar Nature to Pennyroyal
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Carminative, Diuretic, Relieves-tension, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Rubefacient, Abortifacient, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Muscle-relaxant
Dill has these Actions in Common
Abortifacient, Appetizer, Digestive, Nervine, Antipyretic, Carminative, Diuretic, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Expectorant
Cloves has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Rubefacient, Analgesic, Carminative, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Numbs-anasthetic
Fenugreek has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Expectorant, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Oxytocic, Antipyretic, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue
Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Rubefacient, Analgesic, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Cardiac-stimulant
Allspice has these Actions in Common
Muscle-relaxant, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Numbs-anasthetic, Appetizer, Digestive, Rubefacient, Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Digestive, Nervine, Cardiac-stimulant, Emmenagogue, Rubefacient, Analgesic, Diaphoretic, Muscle-relaxant
Tarragon has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Analgesic, Carminative, Digestive, Antipoisonous, Cholagogue, Diuretic
Cardamom has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Expectorant, Appetizer, Digestive, Analgesic, Carminative, Diuretic, Antispasmodic
Saffron has these Actions in Common
Antipyretic, Digestive, Nervine, Carminative, Diuretic, Antipoisonous, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue
Mint has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-crown, Appetizer, Digestive, Analgesic, Carminative, Nervine
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Pennyroyal
Mugwort has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Emmenagogue, Antispasmodic, Oxytocic, Appetizer, Carminative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Antispasmodic, Nervine, Appetizer, Stimulates-crown, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Emmenagogue, Analgesic, Expectorant, Antispasmodic, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic
Dong Quai has these Actions in Common
Carminative, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Analgesic, Relieves-tension, Antispasmodic
Hops has these Actions in Common
Digestive, Diuretic, Nervine, Analgesic, Antipyretic, Carminative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic
Chastetree Berry has these Actions in Common
Nervine, Relieves-tension, Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant
Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine, Relieves-tension
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)
Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Nervine
Elecampane has these Actions in Common
Analgesic, Antipoisonous, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Expectorant, Muscle-relaxant
Yarrow has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Oxytocic, Analgesic, Antipyretic, Antispasmodic, Carminative
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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Pennyroyal may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.
CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS
Pennyroyal may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms.
Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.