Also known as Blue Pimpernel, Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Hooded Willow Flower, Mad Dog Weed and Quaker Bonnet, Skullcap is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant of the mint family native to North America, though it has been cultivated in Europe as well.
Traditionally,Skullcap has many magical and medicinal uses.
In Chinese medicine, for example, Skullcap has been used to treat a broad range of conditions, including insomnia, high blood pressure, some allergies (including asthma), prostate cancer, and as a general tonic to support the immune system.
Also to improve blood circulation—in particular the blood supply to the brain, although historically some Native American tribes used Skullcap as an emmenagogue (to stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus) to help advance pubescent girls into womanhood.
Primarily, though, Skullcap is a nervine, and has been widely used in this respect to treat nervous disorders such as anxiety, stress and neuralgia. And perhaps more surprisingly, symptoms of ADHD.
One offbeat point to close is that, traditionally, Skullcap also has a reputation as a cure for rabies—hence its folk name, Mad Dog Weed.
To make a tea: Add water just below boiling point to a teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Skullcap, allow to brew, then simply strain and sip.
For further information on the properties and use of Skullcap we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.