Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is a small aromatic herb belonging to the Lamiaceae family. It's also known as pennyroyal mint or squaw mint. This perennial plant typically reaches a height of about 10-50 cm and has narrow leaves with serrated edges and a light green color. Dense clusters of pink or purple flowers appear at the top of its stems.
Pennyroyal has a long history in traditional medicine. It contains essential oil with main components such as pulegone, menthone, and isomenthone. It has several beneficial effects on digestion and inflammation in the body. It's useful for digestive problems, bloating, and colic. It can help with colds, bronchitis, and supports proper liver function.
Additionally, it has favorable effects on menstrual pain and stimulates the endocrine system. Importantly, it helps regulate the menstrual cycle.
As a cosmetic ingredient, it helps even out the complexion and reduce pigmentation and freckles.
In the past, it was also used to repel fleas and exhibits mycolytic properties.
Information about pennyroyal essential oil:
- Properties - it has an intense aroma often described as fresh, herbal, and slightly citrusy. The color is pale yellow.
- Chemical composition - the main components of pennyroyal essential oil are pulegone, isomenthone, menthone, limonene, pinene, and others. It's important to note that in larger quantities, pulegone can be toxic and should be handled with care.
- Use in aromatherapy - it's a popular oil in aromatherapy. Its fresh scent is often used to invigorate the mind, improve concentration, and provide relief from fatigue. It's also used to support digestion and alleviate digestive issues.
- Repellent - it also has repellent effects on insects like mosquitoes and wasps. Its scent deters insects and can be used as a natural alternative for insect protection.
Extraction process: Steam distillation
Country of origin: Albania
Massage: 1-3 drops in 10 ml of carrier oil (e.g., almond, coconut, or olive oil)
Bath: 2-4 drops in a warm bath
Diffuser: 2-5 drops in 100 ml of water
Inhalation: 1-2 drops in a bowl of hot water
This essential oil is not suitable for beginners in aromatherapy. Always consult with an experienced aromatherapist or use it under their guidance.
Do not ingest it. Pregnant and nursing women should not use it as it has abortive effects and induces menstruation. Overdosing can lead to impaired liver and nervous system function.
It is hepatotoxic. It should also not be used by asthmatics and epileptics.
Do not apply the essential oil undiluted on the skin and avoid contact with the eyes and sensitive areas.
Why choose oil from Albanian mountains?
Essential oils from wild mountain herbs have several advantages over conventionally grown oils. Here are some of the main reasons why they are exceptional:
- Stronger chemical composition - wild herbs are exposed to various influences such as extreme temperatures, windy conditions, high altitudes, and consumption by animals. These conditions stimulate the production of essential oils and increase the concentration of active substances, making them more potent and effective.
- Absence of pesticides and chemicals - wild-growing herbs have no contact with pesticides or chemicals often used in conventional cultivation. This means that the oils from these herbs are naturally pure and free from unwanted substances.
- Hand harvesting - due to the inaccessibility of the mountains, harvesting is done manually, which means more care and attention is given to individual plants. This allows the selection of the best plants and their harvest at the optimal time, positively impacting the quality of the oils.
- Unique aroma and composition - plants growing in the mountains often have specific environmental conditions that affect their aroma and chemical composition. Oils from wild mountain herbs have a unique and authentic character that cannot be fully reproduced in conventionally grown variants.
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