Pennyroyal Pills Pharmaceutical drugs http://de.muvs.org 2018-10-17T10:00:00-05:00 Verhuetungsmuseum, Christian Fiala fox.co.at de-AT http://de.muvs.org, Christian Fiala daily 1 2018-10-17T10:00:00-05:00 http://de.muvs.org/abbruch/medikamente/pennyroyal-pills-id2110/ <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="http://www.muvs.org/abbruch/pflanzen/object.php?id=1387" target="_self">http://www.muvs.org/abbruch/pflanzen/object.php?id=1387</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> 2018-10-17T10:00:00-05:00 de Museum für Verhütung und Schwangerschaftsabbruch | Museum of Contraception and Abortion fox.co.at Credit de.muvs.org Besitzer/Urheber Copyright Collection text/html 1212 2010