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Current Nutrition & Food Science


ISSN (Print): 1573-4013
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Mini-Review Article

Great Health Benefits of Essential Oils of Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium L.): A Natural and Organic Medicine

Author(s): Mohamad Hesam Shahrajabian* and Wenli Sun*

Volume 19, Issue 4, 2023

Published on: 23 August, 2022

Page: [340 - 345] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/1573401318666220620145213

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Background: Natural herbal medicines may contribute to preventing and treating various diseases and have substantial medicinal properties.

Objective: The goal of this manuscript is to examine the natural benefits, chemical components, and medicinal values of pennyroyal.

Methods: This manuscript aimed to outline the most notable advantages and pharmaceutical benefits of pennyroyal. It includes review articles, randomized control experiments, analytical studies, and observations, which have been gathered from different sources, such as Google Scholar, Scopus, Science Direct, and PubMed. A literature review was carried out using the keywords, such as pennyroyal, Mentha pulegium L., natural products, and pharmaceutical benefits.

Results: The major pennyroyal essential oils are pulegone, menthone, isomenthone, piperitone, mentol, neo-menthol, and 3-Octanol. The major properties of pennyroyal are antiseptic, depurative, digestive, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, stomachic, astringent, emmenagogue, decongestant, and insecticide.

Conclusion: Nutrition therapy on the basis of traditional medicinal science is definitely useful for treating common diseases. Pennyroyal has notable promising health benefits, and its phytochemical and pharmacological benefits indicate its importance in modern medicinal studies.

Keywords: Pennyroyal, antioxidant, insecticide, pulegone, menthone, piperitone.

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