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Cathy in RI suggested pennyroyal last week, so this week we will search it out.
Research found on the net:
some gardening info
Mentha pulegium

excellent information here


Around the Roman Table

Food and Feasting in Ancient Rome

Patrick Faas

In addition to a wealth of material about culinary customs and techniques in ancient Rome, Patrick Faas translated more than 150 Roman recipes and reconstructed them for the modern cook. Here are eight recipes from from the book—from salad to dessert.
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Columella Salad

Columella's writings suggest that Roman salads were a match for our own in richness and imagination:
Addito in mortarium satureiam, mentam, rutam, coriandrum, apium, porrum sectivum, aut si non erit viridem cepam, folia latucae, folia erucae, thymum viride, vel nepetam, tum etiam viride puleium, et caseum recentem et salsum: ea omnia partier conterito, acetique piperati exiguum, permisceto. Hanc mixturam cum in catillo composurris, oleum superfundito.
Put savory in the mortar with mint, rue, coriander, parsley, sliced leek, or, if it is not available, onion, lettuce and rocket leaves, green thyme, or catmint. Also pennyroyal and salted fresh cheese. This is all crushed together. Stir in a little peppered vinegar. Put this mixture on a plate and pour oil over it. (Columella, Re Rustica, XII-lix)
A wonderful salad, unusual for the lack of salt (perhaps the cheese was salty enough), and that Columella crushes the ingredients in the mortar.
100g fresh mint (and/or pennyroyal)
50g fresh coriander
50g fresh parsley
1 small leek
a sprig of fresh thyme
200g salted fresh cheese
olive oil
Follow Columella's method for this salad using the ingredients listed.
In other salad recipes Columella adds nuts, which might not be a bad idea with this one.
Apart from lettuce and rocket many plants were eaten raw—watercress, mallow, sorrel, goosefoot, purslane, chicory, chervil, beet greens, celery, basil and many other herbs.
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Lentils with Coriander

Aliter lenticulam: coquis. Cum despumaverit porrum et coriandrum viride supermittis. (Teres) coriandri semen, puleium, laseris radicem, semen mentae et rutae, suffundis acetum, adicies mel, liquamine, aceto, defrito temperabis, adicies oleum, agitabis, si quid opus fuerit, mittis. Amulo obligas, insuper oleum viride mittis, piper aspargis et inferes.
Another lentil recipe. Boil them. When they have foamed, add leeks and green coriander. [Crush] coriander seed, pennyroyal, laser root, mint seed and rue seed. Moisten with vinegar, add honey, garum, vinegar, mix in a little defrutum, add oil and stir. Add extra as required. Bind with amulum, drizzle with green oil and sprinkle with pepper. Serve. (Apicius, 192)
250g lentils
2 litres water
1 leek, trimmed, washed and finely chopped
75g fresh coriander
5g coriander seed
3g peppercorns, plus extra for finishing the dish
3g mint seed
3g rue seed
75g fresh pennyroyal, or mint
10ml garum
10ml vinegar
5ml honey
olive oil
Wash the lentils and put them into a saucepan with 2 litres of cold water. Bring to the boil, and skim off the scum. When the water has cleared, add the leek and half of the fresh coriander. Grind the spices and the other herbs, and add them with the garum, vinegar and defrutum to the pan. Let the lentils simmer until they are almost cooked. Check the pan every now and then to ensure that the water has not evaporated. At the last minute add the olive oil, the freshly ground pepper and the remainder of the chopped coriander.
this information found here

nother Fly Spray Recipe For Horses
Posted: Monday, June 5th, 2006 @ 9:19 am in Horses and Ponies, Herbal Recipes | No Comments »
This recipe calls for pennyroyal. Believe it or not, Wal-Mart had some lovely pennyroyal plants this year and mine are growing and spreading beautifully. You can also buy dried pennyroyal leaf which would work as well.
Cut a large handful of pennyroyal (leaves and stems) and put them in a pint of water. Boil for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture and mix the liquid with an equal amount of mineral oil (I have used baby oil instead and it worked fine).
Pour it into a spray bottle and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid (I happen to use Dawn but I don’t think it matters). Then shake it up really well and spray it on the animals. Mine are in a field but you can also spray the stalls and the doorways of the barn.
Better Basics for the Home
Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living
By Annie Berthold-Bond
The entire book is available and published by Three Rivers Press, New York
Flea Powder
½ teaspoon each dried eucalyptus, fennel or rosemary, and pennyroyal
¼ cup cornstarch

Grind the herbs into a powder in a spice mill or a blender. Combine with the cornstarch in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Sprinkle on the pet and work into the fur. Makes ¼ cup. Preparation Time: About 15 minutes. Shelf Life: Indefinite, although the herbs will lose their potency in a few weeks. Storage: Glass jar.Tick RepellentsThe best choice for tick repellent Essential Oils
Rose Geranium
Other herbs and essential oils: Bay, Eucalyptus, European Pennyroyal, lavender, lemon balm(citronella), myrrh, rosemary or tickweed (American Pennyroyal). Caution: Pregnant women should avoid pennyroyal
Make your own flea repellent pillows:
For a dog pillow:
2 oz. Pennyroyal, 1 oz Thyme, 1 oz Wormwood. Mix these herbs together and place inside your dogs pillow or sew your own with heavy denim type material. For a cat pillow: 2 oz Pennyroyal, 1 oz Catnip, 1 oz Chamomile. Mix these herbs together and place inside your cats pillow or sew your own pillow.

from here
Pennyroyal Mentha pulegium
Although used as flavoring in some traditional recipes, Pennyroyal is generally considered a non-edible member of the mint family. It should never be ingested by pregnant women. It has small, oval shaped leaves and commonly creeps along the ground. During the summer whorls of pink flowers will appear. Pennyroyal will grow in shadey locations, but fullest growth will occur with half a day of sun. The leaves may be dried and used in sachets designed to keep insects away.
from here with other info on mints too
First off, it should be heartening to know that most herbs are bug repelling, including chamomile, geranium, lavender, artemisia, pennyroyal, and many more. To make an herbal bug repellent, we use essential oils which are highly concentrated.
This herbal mixture relies on two stronger repellents: eucalyptus and citronella, to which you can add other essential oils as you wish. Since both citronella and eucalyptus are on the smelly side, you may want to add lavender, geranium, or other essential oils to improve the fragrance.
You will need a tight-closing glass container to store your bug repellent.
For a base: 2 oz. of vodka (a food quality alcohol) or 2 oz. of an oil such as grapeseed or almond oil
1/4 tsp. citronella
1/4 tsp. eucalyptus
1/8 tsp. each of up to three additional oils, such as pennyroyal, geranium, lavender, or cedar
Shake the mixture thoroughly, and store the container in a cool, dark place. To use, just saturate a cotton ball and apply to exposed skin. I often put a saturated cotton ball of the stuff into a plastic sandwich bag, to carry on walks in the woods or to outdoor events, in case I need it.
The oils can be pricey, but both citronella and eucalyptus are in the $3-5 range for a small bottle. You should be able to make enough bug repellent to last the summer from one purchase of essential oils as a little goes a long way.

from here along with alot of other "green" recipes
If you wish to avoid damaging your unborn child, please stay away from this herb during pregnancy.

The essential oil of pennyroyal should NEVER be used orally/internally. It is a deadly poison. Several women have reportedly died very painful deaths from ingesting small amounts of the essential oil in an attempt to end suspected pregnancy. Ending pregnancy is not worth risking your life, or damaging you organs.
found here
The only food recipes I really found were ones used by the ancient Romans, or other very old recipes.
Most of what I read seems to be mostly for insect and pest control. I read alot of warnings about never using if pregnant as it will cause an abortion and even death. also never to ingest the oil. So, I don't think me personally will be ingesting this herb. I have seen this as a tea in health food stores, but I don't think I will be drinking it now after researching this herb.
Has anyone used this herb for a tea or food?


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