Skullcap too!

I almost forgot to show off the skullcap that I found and tinctured a few weeks ago. This has been a year of many first finds for me. Seems there is a new gift waiting for me every time I go outside!

Here she is. So beautiful! (photo here)

And it is an effective pain reliever for many different kinds of pain. I’ve found it particularly useful for tension type headaches and tension related back pain. Kiva Rose has also written about it extensively as a nerve tonic. She calls it blisswort, so if you do a search for that word on her site you’ll pull up all sorts of information.

A sweet story… Hubby had seen me gathering the skullcap for medicine, and even helped me reach some that I couldn’t quite get to in the overgrowth with my bare feet (he was wearing boots).  Now, keep in mind, this man knows nothing about plants, and doesn’t particularly care one way or another, and he’s not particularly sentimental either.  If I let him, he would just mow all those “unsightly weeds” down every chance he got.  But he did remember this plant and the fact that it was important to me.  A few days later he came in from walking the dog with a bouquet of skullcap for me.  Is this the flower you were looking for?  Awwww… he’s learning his plants! And wasn’t that sweet of him to bring me such lovely flowers?

 

4 Responses to “Skullcap too!”

  1. plantainpatch on 09 Jul 2008 at 3:41 pm

    How sweet of your husband! That is my kind of boquet. I planted some skullcap this spring. I look forward to harvesting next year. Sounds like you are surrounded by a herbal bounty.

  2. Sarah Head on 15 Jul 2008 at 7:16 am

    Hi Tammy

    Your skullcap looks very different from mine. I’ve just harvested my main crop and will be drying half for tea and half is going to be made into tincture tonight. You can see a pictue on my blog .
    It’s interesting how our husbands become educated despite themselves. My husband now recognises motherwort plants and goats rue when he’s digging and waxes lyrical to other people about dandelion syrup because he has it on his porridge and has started putting it in his coffee because he likes it!

  3. tammy on 16 Jul 2008 at 11:04 am

    Sculletaria is quite a varied genus, isn’t it? I’m amazed. It’s the unique flower that gives it away though. I understand they have the same form across species, and nearly identical medicinal properties as well. Is that your understanding? That’s funny about your husband. I can so relate!

  4. Sasha on 16 Jul 2008 at 7:34 pm

    What a gorgeous specimin here! Lovely blue! …I really enjoyed the story about hubby. My own beloved spent our first two years in the country stubbornly refusing to learn a single plant… though I kept quizzing him. I eventually gave up… and then, one day a few months later, we were on our eveing walk and suddenly he was shouting everything thing out at once (and I.D.ing correctly!): “Dogwood!” “Dearbrush!” “Madrone!” …. it was actually soaking in the whoel time! I guess he just needed me to “quit pushin’…” Now he’s as good at I.D. as I am. Probably better. Amazing.— Ah, marriage, the great humbler of the soul. (;

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