Description: Penny Royal is a perennial herb that grows up to 50cm (20 in) tall with smooth roundish stalks and aromatic, gray-green oval leaves.
Common Uses: Penny Royal was traditionally used to strengthen the nerves, being valuable in hysteric disorders, nervous exhaustion and externally applied for neuralgia. It has a long traditional use as a carminative, diaphoretic, stimulant and as an emmenagogue.
Blends well with: Penny Royal does not blend well with other oils.
Aromatic Scent: Penny Royal has a scent very similar to peppermint. Users should expect it to be sweet and herbaceous.
History: Penny Royal is a herbal remedy of ancient repute, and was used to purify the blood, for digestive and menstrual problems and feverish colds. It also has a deserved reputation as an insect repellent.
Cautions: Penny Royal can be toxic. It is an abortifacient, and has been known to cause liver and lung damage. Use extremely well diluted. Avoid use during pregnancy.