hist-brewing: mint tea

Richard Richard at WowMe.com
Wed Oct 27 09:16:39 PDT 1999


Wow!  That is amazing!  Very good information to have!

Richard

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Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 10:49 AM
Subject: hist-brewing: mint tea


> I have been searching hundreds of science journals trying to locate some
> hard evidence that hops somehow effect male testosterone (nothing so far)
> but I did run across this and thought it worth a post.
>
> from Pediatrics, V98, N5, pp944-947 1996
>
> Hepatic and neurologic injury developed in two infants after ingestion
> of mint tea. Examination of the mint plants, from which the teas were
> brewed, indicated that they contained the toxic agent pennyroyal
> oil.
>
> METHODS: Sera from each infant were analyzed for the toxic
> constituents of pennyroyal oil, including pulegone and its metabolite
> menthofuran.
>
> RESULTS: Fulminant liver failure with cerebral edema and
> necrosis developed in the first infant, who died. This infant was
> positive only for menthofuran (10 ng/mL). In the other infant, who was
> positive for both pulegone (25 ng/mL) and menthofuran (41 ng/mL),
> hepatic dysfunction and a severe epileptic encephalopathy
> developed.
>
> CONCLUSION: Pennyroyal oil is a highly toxic agent that may cause both
> hepatic and neurologic injury if ingested. A potential source of
> pennyroyal oil is certain mint teas mistakenly used as home remedies
> to treat minor ailments and colic in infants. Physicians should
> consider pennyroyal oil poisoning as a possible cause of hepatic and
> neurologic injury in infants, particularly if the infants may have
> been given home- brewed mint teas.
>
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