One of the fifty fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, this low growing perennial has spear-shaped leaves and stems spreading along the ground which then turn upwards at the tips. A quite spectacular plant, it bears dense sprays of sizeable, hairy, tubular, bluish-purple helmet-shaped flowers, which are produced in summer.
The herb is also excellent for reducing stress, tension, nervousness, and panic attacks.
Although the herb essence is efficient, smoking a skullcap enables its quick introduction into the bloodstream.
Skullcap is good for cleansing the throat and was used as a ceremonial herb for creating visual illusions (although it may be necessary to smoke a relatively large amount to do so).
Smoking Skullcap or drinking an infusion of the herb is excellent before sleep or for an indulging evening at home.
The herb burns quite well. Some prefer to add a skullcap to a herbal mix for weed.
It can be mixed with other herbs such as passionflower, and damiana in order to create flavorsome herbal cigarettes that lead to a calm mood.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.