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Pennyroyal
Fri 13-May-11
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I have a herb that I grow every year called pennyroyal, I grow it for the beautiful smell, it's part of the mint family and have never really done anything with it, I've read tonight that you can use the dried leaves to make a tea which is good for 'womens problems'. Just wondered if anyone else had used it for anything, seems such a shame not to use if for more.

Fri 13-May-11
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Janet, I haven't used it for anything except planting in the lawn because it smells so good when it is stepped on! I'd forgotten it is on my 'to get' list because it has died out here.

Sat 14-May-11
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Do you grow it from seed, Janet, or is it perennial / a self-seeder?

I have never heard of it but I like the way Barbara describes it as ground cover.

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Sat 14-May-11
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Hmmm, probably not the forum to mention this... There is a song by Nirvana called "Pennyroyal Tea".  So I knew there was a tea, didn't know there was a herb though!

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Sat 14-May-11
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Terrier said:

I have a herb that I grow every year called pennyroyal, I grow it for the beautiful smell, it's part of the mint family and have never really done anything with it, I've read tonight that you can use the dried leaves to make a tea which is good for 'womens problems'. Just wondered if anyone else had used it for anything, seems such a shame not to use if for more.

wave Interestingly Janet you can make an insect repellant from it; heres a link to the info & recipe......another good seller for you maybe.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Pennyroyal-Information-And-Uses

 

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Sat 14-May-11
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mr. trench said:

Hmmm, probably not the forum to mention this... There is a song by Nirvana called "Pennyroyal Tea".  So I knew there was a tea, didn't know there was a herb though!

I first heard of the herb from the Nirvana song and I'm sure I looked up pennyroyal to find out what it was but I'd completely forgotten about it until now.

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Sat 14-May-11
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There are two types of pennyroyal that I'm aware of, I'm sure there are many more...there is a low growing one - probably the one Barbara is on about, and also an upright (and in my eyes) rather lanky straggly one. I managed to get seed for the low growing one a few years ago, and have grown it from seed, but currently was rather lazy and bought two nice pots of it from a local market stall.

Ooh I feel a bit of a pennyroyal geek now.

Sun 15-May-11
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bobquail said:

mr. trench said:

Hmmm, probably not the forum to mention this... There is a song by Nirvana called "Pennyroyal Tea".  So I knew there was a tea, didn't know there was a herb though!

I first heard of the herb from the Nirvana song and I'm sure I looked up pennyroyal to find out what it was but I'd completely forgotten about it until now.

There's a surprise, I didn't expect anyone on here to have listened to Nirvana.  Must be the Coventry air (I am born and bred in Cov but live away now)... grunge and gardening going together.

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I'm a sort of Nirvana fan, found Kurt Cobain a rather interesting guy, whilst alive and when dead...

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I suppose even with the 'Musical Chairs' thread, you don't really get an impression of what people's musical tastes are. I wonder what other unexpected food references are hiding away in songs...

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