Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegiumis) a species of Mint, a native of most parts of Europe and parts of Asia. It is found wild and naturalized throughout the civilized world in strong, moist soil on the borders of ponds and streams, and near pools on heaths and commons.
Pennyroyal is often found in cottage gardens, as an infusion of the leaves, known as Pennyroyal Tea, is an old-fashioned remedy for colds and menstrual problems.
It is not usually necessary to strain most herbal infusions as the leaves will settle to the bottom in ten minutes time. In fact it is a good idea to just let the herbs steep, as this will extract more of the medicinal properties. You need not throw out the leftovers either, and may want to reuse them as a "starter" for another fresh batch.
Pour two cups boiling water over one ounce dried leaves in a non-aluminum pot with a tight fitting lid., (1 to 2 tablespoons), or 1 cupped handful of the fresh leaves. Brewing time is 10 to 20 minutes depending on the material. Generally, leaves and flowers take less time than seeds, roots, or barks. The average dosage is usually 3 to 4 cups in a day.
This brew is useful for warding of colds and flu and should be taken at the first sign of the symptoms. See our articles on Colds, Flu and Menstuation for more information.
Lunar and Solar Infusions
What is commonly known as "sun tea" . Put fresh or dried herbs in a glass jar filled with water and place in a hot, sunny windowsill for several hours.
A Lunar Infusion is made by placing the herb in an open crystal glass or bowl. Cover the herb with fresh water and place directly in the moon light, a full moon being the best time. Do not cover. Allow to infuse overnight and drink first thing in the morning. These infusions will be subtle, and work best with fresh, aromatic herbs like chamomile, mints and balms.
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