Skullcap is a native perennial plant in the mint family that has lovely blue flowers formed by two tongue-like petals. The petals of this plant are said to bear resemblance to the helmets of medieval European soldiers which is how it got its common name Skullcap. They like to grow near wetlands and marshes and are dotted throughout damp forest edges in the wild. In the garden, Skullcap is a valuable ally for those struggling with anxiety, stress, insomnia or who may be in need of slight sedation. For hundreds of years, this medicinal ally has been indicated for mental and emotional exhaustion as well and is considered a trophorestorative for the nervous system; meaning it helps brings nutritive balance back to the proper functioning of this system.
Skullcap, Official (Scutellaria lateriflora)