“Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.” ~ Francis of Assisi
Skullcap is a comforting herb. Too bad, in this “what is good is bad, what is bad is good” upside down, frickin’ insane world, and getting more insane with each new day, that more aren’t aware of this wonderful herb. It is traditionally used to alleviate tension and anxiety.
As life gets more gassed with nuttiness, we here at the Asylum find we are depending more and more on that which we can prove to ourselves is real – herbs and their numerous benefits being one of the few.
“the ability of skullcap to control and rectify nervous irregularities makes it one of the most effective remedies for tension and anxiety that leads to muscular contractions.”
Skullcap is also believed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
The skullcap plant is native to North America. Native Americans had such high regard for the plant that they believed in its use for stomach ailments, rabies, and even schizophrenia. Skullcap comes in two different forms, Chinese and American. The Chinese form of the plant is used primarily for teas, with the American form being used for more medicinal purposes.
Skullcap is typically mixed with Valerian for sleep disorders. We here at the Asylum mix it, in tincture form, with Kava.
Traditionally taken as a tea or tincture; can be used in capsule form. For a mild sedative, combine equal parts skullcap, hops and valerian root. This can be taken as a tea or tincture three times daily and a half hour before retiring. 15-20 drops of skullcap tincture taken every hour or two can lessen the severity of drug or alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
As of this writing, since it doesn’t appear that God, the Creator, the Universe, who or whatever that brought this land into form, giving us all that we might need for our health and sustainability, is going to come along and restore sanity and quelch the madness we face each day, having skullcap on hand seems a prudent thing to do, along with listening to a lot of Baroque music.
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
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Photo credit: By Fritzflohrreynolds (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons