Saturday, May 22, 2010
Mad Dog SkullCap
No, it isn't the beanie. I do wear one of those by the bye.
I use skullcap for my migraines. It helps dull it better than any of the other herbs I have found. It is native to the US and can be found in moist shady environments.
The flowers bloom in May through August. When they bloom, harvest the above ground parts, dry and store.
It is used as an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, slightly astringent, emmenagogue, febrifuge, nervine, sedative and strongly tonic.
And if you overdose on it, it can cause similar effects as marijuana. Be careful as there are claims that this herb has been linked to liver damage. So the high isn't really worth it.
Uses for this herb include epilepsy, insomnia, hysteria, anxiety, delirium tremens, withdrawal from barbiturates and tranquilizers. It helps promote menstruation and should never be used by a pregnant woman.
I smoke it, but I am a smoker, you can make a tea as well. Seep 1 oz dried skullcap to 1 pnt boiling water for 10 mins. You need only drink 1/2 teacup every few hours.
Where to buy the seeds;
Sand Mountain herbs
And hopefully next year, me.