Herb Spotlight: Skullcap to Restore Nerves

When I first started studying herbs and I came across Skullcap I remember thinking that that name was super metal. Maybe it’s for that reason that I haven’t delved too deeply into the study of this one.It is restorative and balancing for the nerves, great for anyone suffering from PTSD or a recent trauma. This also works well to supplement someone quitting an addictive substance, since I’ve recently quit smoking cigarettes I give mad props to any natural remedy for withdrawal.

Breakdown of Skullcap:

Scientific Name: Scutellaria galericulata [AKA: hoodwort, madweed]

Parts Used: leaf

Magickal Stats: Water element, ruled by Saturn

Improves the function of: 

  • Restoring the nerve system.

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Nervous agitation: anger, anxiety, hysteria, rage
  • Alcohol, cigarette and drug withdrawal
  • Insomnia

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Encouraging fidelity and love.
  • Bring understanding, commitment and peace to a relationship.
  • Align opposites into balance.

How Does It Work:

Skullcap nourishes the nervous system and helps nerves that have been through trauma to get back to normal. Restoration of the nerves will help to balance mood and sleep cycles. It can help in balancing of nerves that have been on high alert since the quitting of an addictive substance, helping that person to stick to quitting and avoid relapse. It also works as an antispasmodic and can help to combat seizures and delirium tremors.

What Do I Do With It:

The leaves are used from the plant in teas, essential oils and amulets. Use 30- 40 drops of an essential oil orally  2-5 times per day. Be sure to only purchase products that don’t also contain Germander herb. Steep the dried herb in a tea to drink for the same, yet slightly less intense, effects. Place dried herb in the bridal bed to bring commitment, peace and understanding to the marriage.

WARNING: Beware of any product combining Germander herb with Skullcap, also be sure you are purchasing Scutellaria galericulata.

 

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