Skullcap is one of the many members of the mint family. Its action as a relaxing nervine makes is a great herb to address pain, insomnia, muscle spasms, stress and anxiety.
“Skullcap is perhaps the most widely relevant nervine available to us in the materia medica. It relaxes states of nervous tension while at the same time renewing and revivifying the central nervous system. This makes it of value wherever there is stress, anxiety or tension. It may be used with complete safety and confidence in all exhausted and depressed conditions. It is often found to be rapidly effective as well as safe in the easing of pre-menstrual tension.” ~David Hoffman, Herbalist
Almost any type of pain involving the nerves can be alleviated with skullcap:
- broken bones
- sprained joints
- TMJ pain
As little as 5-7 drops of the tincture can begin to lessen pain due to muscle tension such as menstrual cramps and headaches. Skullcap has long been praised for its ability to reduce muscle spasms, twitches and restless legs.
Can't sleep? Woke up during the night and can't go back to sleep? A dropperful of skullcap tincture can initiate its sedative effect. People addicted to sleeping pills will find that skullcap tincture can be an ally when trying to wean themselves off the drugs.
Skullcap is widely used and recommended by herbalists to bring calming relief to those dealing with anxiety, panic attacks and chronic stress.
"Skullcap is often best for those with signs of heat and excitation. This can manifest in different ways but some common characteristics include people who are easily overheated, who are more irritable in hot weather, tend to have “type A” personalities, a red tongue (possible yellow coating) and a fast or intermittent pulse."
~Rosalee de la Foret, Clinical Herbalist and expert in herbal energetics
For a more in-depth look at this incredible herb, Rosalee de la Foret presents an informative mongraph on skullcap here.
Susun Weed takes us on a poetic herbal adventure with skullcap here.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Contraindications may exist. Consult expert medical advice before using during pregnancy. Keep out of the reach of children.*