Benefits of Skullcap

Skullcap is one of the finest nervines and antispasmodics ever discovered. It grows in damp places over most of the eastern half of the U.S.

The WHOLE PLANT is used. The taste is somewhat bitter but will not nauseate. It may be used wherever disorders of the nervous system exist. It will be found fully as stimulating to the nerves as the quinine of the medical world without the unpleasant after-effects of that drug.

Its chief influence is spent upon the nervous system, its stimulation of the spinal cord, brain, and sympathetic nervous system bringing to all a tonic influence which is quite permanent.

It gives excellent service in general nervousness, nervous prostration, hysteria, chorea, delirium tremens, convulsions, puerperal convulsions, and other spasmodic conditions of infant or adult, rickets, insomnia, convalescence from fevers, cranial, facial neuralgia, nervous forms of dyspepsia, seminal weakness, general female weakness, and hypochondria. An addition of lobelia and capsicum or ladies’ slipper and cayenne or with blue cohosh alone forms an excellent antispasmodic.

In the delirium of fevers and of typhoid and nervous headache, use an infusion 4 times daily.

In restless and wakeful conditions and when a morphia victim is seeking to break the drug habit, skullcap is very useful. It tones and soothes the nervous system, without any narcotic properties, and often brings on natural sleep. Drink a wine-glassful of infusion 4 times daily.

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Skullcap will be helpful in cases of epilepsy. A simple infusion is made by using 1 oz. herb to 1 pt. boiling water. Cover to keep in the steam. Take a wine-glassful 4 times daily or 1/2 or 1 glassful can be taken at night before retiring. Skullcap can be used in powder, pills, capsules, infusion, or the fluid extract.

If taken in capsules, 2, 3, or 4 capsules may be taken twice, 3 times, or more daily, as required.

A hot infusion is considered more diffusive than the fluid extract.

Skullcap should NEVER be boiled.

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