Skullcap coms in a variety of types. Scutellaria Latiflora is Western Herbalism’s darling while S. baiclens is the star of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Overall, Skullcap is strongly connected to anxiety, depression, tension and related conditions. Herbalists use all parts of the plant; Tops without flowers are generally favoried by Western herbalists while TCM practitioners are more likely to use the root or rhizomes.
Skullcap can be challenging to grow – mainly because it often comes and goes from season to season. You may get a terrific crop of Skullcap this year, but it could seem to have completely died out next year only to crop back up a few years down the line in a different part of your garden. That’s part of the magic of Skullcap. It comes and goes as it’s needed, rarely hanging around when Skullcap Medicine isn’t what you really need most.
Modern Herbalists use Skullcap to help ease complaints like:
- Anxiety, nervousness, worry (tincture or tea)
- Nerve Pain and Tension(in formula as a supporting herb)
- Headaches (often in formulation as tincture or tea)
- Digestion (upset stomach, nervous indigestion, diarhhea, often taken as tea)
- Cough from Asthma, flu, allergies (tincture, often in formulation)
- Insomnia (tea or tincture)
Learn more about Skullcap in the garden, as an herbal remedy, and best harvest practices with these curated resources.
- Podcast Show 160: Thomas Easley – Functional Herbalism
- Podcast Show 164: Herbs for Anxiety, Depression and the Holidays
- Podcast Show 170: Take Control of Your Moods – Sara-Chana Silverstein
- Podcast Show 174: Herbalist at the Border – Jamie Scepkowski
- Podcast Show 201: Sharing Herbal Medicine – Jamie Scepkowski