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?