Pennyroyal is a plant in the mint genus that has been used as birth control by the ancient Greeks and Romans. This herb works as an emmenagogue to promote menstrual flow and as an abortifacient to initiate self-abortion.
Pennyroyal can be taken in combination with other herbs to stop pregnancy.
Both fresh and dried leaves of this herb can be used for birth control. Pennyroyal tea can help induce menstruation and abortion.
- Boil eight ounces of spring or distilled water.
- Remove from heat and add one teaspoon of dried pennyroyal to the boiling water and allow it to stand for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Strain and add a little honey if desired.
- Drink the tea immediately following unprotected sex and before implantation of a fertilized egg can occur for maximum effectiveness.
Note: Pennyroyal as natural birth control should be taken cautiously as it can cause liver and kidney damage, nervous system damage and a host of other problems. Do not drink more than three cups of pennyroyal tea within a six-day period. Do not drink this tea if your menstrual period is more than 10 days late.
Neem, also called Indian lilac, is a popular herb used extensively for birth control for women as well as men. As a birth control method, neem leaves, neem leaf extract and neem oil are used.
Neem has spermicidal action. For women, a single injection of a minute amount of neem oil in the uterine horns (the points where the uterus and fallopian tubes meet) will create a reversible block in fertility for a year without causing changes in menstrual cycles or ovarian function.
Researchers have found that neem oil can slow the motility of sperm, preventing their ability to reach their destination and fertilize the egg. In fact, neem oil can kill sperm in the vaginal region within just 30 seconds.
For men, ingesting neem leaf tablets for one month produces reversible male anti-fertility. Even daily oral doses of neem seed oil in gelatin-capsule form can also be taken as birth control. Using neem as a birth control method does not affect sperm production or libido.
Along with preventing pregnancy, neem also provides protection from vaginal and sexually transmitted diseases due to its antibiotic, antiviral and immune-stimulating properties.
If herbal birth control appeals to you, be sure to use the exact herb and follow the proper proportions. Along with these anti-fertility herbal remedies, it is essential to use a simple barrier method like the female or male condom to prevent pregnancy.