from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Eurasian mint (Mentha pulegium) having small lilac-blue flowers and ovate or nearly orbicular leaves that yield a useful, aromatic oil.
- n. An aromatic plant (Hedeoma pulegioides) of eastern North America, having purple-blue flowers and glabrous leaves that yield an oil used as an insect repellent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant of the mint family, Mentha pulegium, formerly much used in various medicinal treatments and as a flea repellant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An aromatic herb (Mentha Pulegium) of Europe; also, a North American plant (Hedeoma pulegioides) resembling it in flavor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A much-branched prostrate perennial herb, Mentha Pulegium, of Europe and western Asia.
- n. A plant of the genus Hedeoma; the American pennyroyal. See Hedeoma, and oil of hedeoma (under oil).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. erect hairy branching American herb having purple-blue flowers; yields an essential oil used as an insect repellent and sometimes in folk medicine
- n. Eurasian perennial mint have small lilac-blue flowers and ovate leaves; yields an aromatic oil
The herb we call pennyroyal was the only one I found in abundance, and that only on the brows, where the ground had been partially cleared; vegetation is impossible elsewhere, and it is this circumstance which makes the “eternal forests” of
Well, Jennie and Brighteyes walked on through the woods and sometimes they found huckleberries to eat, or they found pennyroyal, which is a nice plant to smell, and it keeps the mosquitoes away, when they want to stay away.
Wild medicinal plants, so important in the rustic materia medica of New England -- such as pennyroyal, for example -- are generally much less aromatic and powerful when cultivated in gardens than when self-sown on meagre soils.
Page 282 sulphur, and besmeared his nose and lips with tar, to protect him in inhaling the tainted atmosphere; and whilst he exposed his poultry for sale, kept continually burning about his stall aromatic herbs, such as pennyroyal, sage and tansy, to appease or appal the dread intent of Azrael.
The patient should drink freely of some sweating tea, such as pennyroyal, balm, mint, sage, &c.
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
England -- such as pennyroyal, for example -- are generally much less aromatic and powerful when cultivated in gardens than when self-sown on meagre soils.
Homes that utilized strong insect-repelling strewing herbs, such as pennyroyal, were not as hard-hit by the black plague, because the herbs kept away fleas and vermin that carried the disease.
Natural products - such as pennyroyal, neem oil, tea tree oil and garlic - are often found in natural flea treatments.
• Take advantage of nature's arsenal where you find spiders: orange oil, eucalyptus leaves, bits of hedge apple, pennyroyal on a scrap of cloth or baking soda.
“Or to make her throw up the pennyroyal,” Isabelle suggested, crawling through the tangle of bushes and vines, ignoring the rocks that dug into her knees.
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