Stay Calm and Drink Skullcap
by Faye Sakellaridis
There are times in life when we need to seriously chill out without slowing down and losing momentum. This is especially true during the holiday season, when the relentless ping-ponging back and forth between store to store to get gifts for our loved ones can leave us feeling frazzled and broke. This is the time to release yourself from the soul-sucking frenzy of holiday gift-buying by centering yourself and following your intuition.
Skullcap can be a powerful herbal ally for achieving productive serenity during one of the craziest times of the year. As explained in this blog via Traditional Medicals, skullcap is typically consumed as a tea "to relieve tension, nervousness, and irritability associated with stress." And, unlike valerian and chamomile, it doesn't slow you down or make you sleepy.
via Traditional Medicinals:
While skullcap grew wild throughout Europe prior to the colonization of the Americas, the North American species was the first to make a significant mark on herbal medicine. European settlers and folk herbalists learned how to use skullcap from Native American tribes, who had traditionally consumed it as a tea to soothe the nerves. Herbal physicians then brought it back to Great Britain in the 19th century, introducing more people to its relaxing benefits. Today, herbalists use it for many reasons, but primarily to relieve tension, nervousness, and irritability associated with stress.*
Over the last 15 years, trade-related books and journals have charted the steady growth of Scutellaria lateriflora in herbal wellness products, proving that skullcap’s use as a stress tonic is more relevant now than ever. In fact, our in-house herbalists swear by it! While other relaxing herbs like valerian and chamomile tend to make people sleepy, skullcap has the uncanny ability to soothe the nerves without slowing you down. Whether you are hoping to alleviate some of your stress before walking into an important meeting, or looking to take the edge off a bad day, we encourage you to tap into its ancient herbal wisdom to usher some quiet into the daily hustle and bustle of our modern age.
Learn more about the origins of skullcap over at Traditional Medicinals.