The Autumn Equinox took place on September 22nd, and with this ending of summer, a change of pace is brought to our lives. We start to slow down and look inward as we prepare for the darker months. For some of us, this comes as a blessing! And for others, shifting gears and slowing down is a challenge.
Supporting your body + soul with herbs during this transition period can be so helpful. Skullcap, Scutellaria laterifolia, is lovely little herb in the mint family that helps calm overly-stressed systems, fights headache pain, and in general brings about a sense of grounding and balance. Skullcap helps to pull energy from an anxious or stressed mind deep down into our roots, helping us to slow our roll just a bit. A nervine, this herb helps restore balance to the nervous system, especially those that experience prolonged stress (hello, non-stop summer schedules!!). It's also useful in releasing pent-up energy that leads to restless legs, insomnia, and anxiety. Such a sweet plant--herbalist Kiva Rose Hardin has renamed Skullcap as "blisswort" as a nod to it's calming effects!
Skullcap is best taken as a tea or tincture. You can find this plant friend in our herbal tea, Headache Helper, and it's sure to knock the pain of a troublesome migraine right out. If you are interested in trying your hand at making your own Skullcap tea or tincture, take a look at a few recipes we've found below!
- Skullcap extract with nettles and horsetail, from the Worts & Cunning blog.
- Good Morning Tonic Tea, from the Mountain Rose blog.
- Skullcap Tincture, from LearningHerbs.com
We'll be offering an Herbal Tinctures class here at the Boutique on Tuesday, October 4th from 6:30-8:30 pm, so please come out and join us if you'd like some hands-on practice making tinctures yourself!
Wishing you a gentle transition into this coming season!
- "Skullcap". The Herbarium Monographs. The Herbal Academy of New England. Web accessed Sept. 24, 2016. http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/monographs/#ID=3047
- "Autumnal Equinox: Recipes of Fortitude + Balance". Worts + Cunning Apothecary. Sept. 21, 2013. Web accessed Sept. 24, 2016. https://wortsandcunning.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/autumnal-equinox-recipes-of-fortitude-balance/
- "Sip Tea and Stress Less". The Mountain Rose Blog. June 13, 2011. Web accessed Sept. 24th, 2016. http://mountainroseblog.com/stress-tea/
- "How to Make Tinctures: Skullcap Tinctures". Remedies & Recipes. LearningHerbs.com. July 1, 2010. Web accessed Sept. 23, 2016. http://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/how-to-make-tinctures/
- "Skullcap". Healing Teas: How to Prepare and Use Teas to Maximize Your Health. Antol, Marie Nadine. Avery Publishing: 1996. pg 201-202.