Featured botanical – Skull cap

skullcap herb picture

                                                                                                                      Photo Copyright Karen Bergeron Bergeron 2003

So going with the whole “Hallowe’en” theme,  I decided to spotlight skull-cap (or Scutellaria).  As noted by the eclectics, plants tend to physically resemble what they are used for.  Skull cap is tubed shaped and splits into two lobes – almost resembling a brainstem (tube) and brain (two lobes = two hemispheres of the brain).  Of course, noted by it’s name and physical appearance, skullcap is amazing for the brain!  More specifically it is a great nervine (calms the nervous system, calms the brain), and treats a wide range of nervous conditions such as: anxiety, insomnia, tremors, hysteria, epilepsy, ADD, schizophrenia, and headaches.  Skull is the cap for the brain, hence skull-cap is good for conditions originating from the brain!


About healthyhappynaturopathy

I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor working in Newmarket and Maple, Ontario I am an advocate of individualized and specialized medicine, about treating individuals as a whole, and evoking our own healing properties. To me, being happy is being healthy, and health flourishes with a positive mindset.
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