Skullcap, Scuttelaria lateriflora
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: A hardy perennial does not grow vigorously, so needs mulching to grow a productive crop.
This Lamiaceae grows to about 10-12 inches and spreads timidly with underground stolons. It stays close to the mother plant so is not as aggressive as other mints.
Part Used: the herb
FUNCTION: Extremely useful plant for relief of stress. Skullcap is well known for relieving pain from neuralgia, sciatica, and peripheral nerve pain. Skullcap relieves the mind from chatter, inducing a more relaxed sleep and calming the spirit.
Skullcap is a wonderful nervine. It soothes nervous tension, while renewing the central nervous system. Useful for exhaustion or depressed states, excellent and safe for PMS. Restores nerves- promotes clear thinking- not overthinking.