Pennyroyal Pills Pharmaceutical drugs 2019-6-20T10:00:00-05:00 Verhuetungsmuseum, Christian Fiala de-AT, Christian Fiala daily 1 2019-6-20T10:00:00-05:00 <p>Pennyroyal has always been associated with women’s bodies and sexuality: it was used in love potions, served as an obscene metaphor for female pubic hair, and was employed as a symbol of illicit sexuality.</p> <p>It has also been known since antiquity as a powerful abortifacient. When prepared to be consumed as a drink, this plant was employed to promote menstruation and expulsion of the placenta and foetus. It has also been used to ease abdominal pain.</p> <p>More information (in German) can be found under: <a href="" target="_self"></a></p> <p>In Cyprus and the Atlas Mountains, pennyroyal is still used in traditional medicine.</p> <p>In English-language medical books in particular, pennyroyal was praised as a royal medicine and called ‘pulegium regium’. ‘Pulioll-royall’, the name used by herbalists, later became pennyroyal. Tablets containing this herb were well known and widely available in English-speaking countries until the mid 20<sup>th</sup>century. As abortion was illegal, codes such as ‘female trouble’ were employed when it was sold.</p> 2019-6-20T10:00:00-05:00 de Museum für Verhütung und Schwangerschaftsabbruch | Museum of Contraception and Abortion Credit Besitzer/Urheber Copyright Collection text/html 1212 2010