Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
Medicinal Properties: This herb gets its name from its tiny hood-shaped flowers. Scullcap is mostly used as a nervine, to nourish and restore the nerves. It is a very safe herb and can be used on a regular basis. For centuries skullcap was used to treat rabies, and recent studies have focused on this herbs ability to work against pulmonary infections. It also relaxes uterine tissue and has been used for headaches.
How to Use: Best taken in tea form usng fresh or dried herb, 1 tsp herb to 1 C. water. Drink 2-3 times daily. Give the body a rest of 2-3 days after a week of using before continuing usage.
Parts Used: Leaves, whole plant.
Growing: Somewhat difficult to start from seed, but once established, is fairly low maintenance. Mulch over the winter.
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.