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Una Biologicals is an independent company proud to bring you Organic Beauty & Wellness products. All of our products are hand-crafted just for you.  

Because we believe that your body deserves the best that nature has to offer, we use only premium organic oils to nourish your skin and never include harsh chemicals, additives, or artificial fragrances.  Our goal is keep you Healthy & Gorgeous!

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Skullcap - Releasing Stress, Slowing Down, and Finding Balance

Jessica Graves

"Scutellaria lateriflora" by Rolf Engstrand (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

"Scutellaria lateriflora" by Rolf Engstrand (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Autumn Equinox took place on September 22nd, and with this ending of summer, a change of pace is brought to our lives. We start to slow down and look inward as we prepare for the darker months. For some of us, this comes as a blessing! And for others, shifting gears and slowing down is a challenge.

Supporting your body + soul with herbs during this transition period can be so helpful. Skullcap, Scutellaria laterifolia, is lovely little herb in the mint family that helps calm overly-stressed systems, fights headache pain, and in general brings about a sense of grounding and balance. Skullcap helps to pull energy from an anxious or stressed mind deep down into our roots, helping us to slow our roll just a bit. A nervine, this herb helps restore balance to the nervous system, especially those that experience prolonged stress (hello, non-stop summer schedules!!). It's also useful in releasing pent-up energy that leads to restless legs, insomnia, and anxiety. Such a sweet plant--herbalist Kiva Rose Hardin has renamed Skullcap as "blisswort" as a nod to it's calming effects!

Skullcap is best taken as a tea or tincture. You can find this plant friend in our herbal tea, Headache Helper, and it's sure to knock the pain of a troublesome migraine right out. If you are interested in trying your hand at making your own Skullcap tea or tincture, take a look at a few recipes we've found below!

We'll be offering an Herbal Tinctures class here at the Boutique on Tuesday, October 4th from 6:30-8:30 pm, so please come out and join us if you'd like some hands-on practice making tinctures yourself!

Wishing you a gentle transition into this coming season!

References:

  1. "Skullcap". The Herbarium Monographs. The Herbal Academy of New England. Web accessed Sept. 24, 2016. http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/monographs/#ID=3047
  2. "Autumnal Equinox: Recipes of Fortitude + Balance". Worts + Cunning Apothecary. Sept. 21, 2013. Web accessed Sept. 24, 2016. https://wortsandcunning.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/autumnal-equinox-recipes-of-fortitude-balance/
  3. "Sip Tea and Stress Less". The Mountain Rose Blog. June 13, 2011. Web accessed Sept. 24th, 2016. http://mountainroseblog.com/stress-tea/
  4. "How to Make Tinctures: Skullcap Tinctures". Remedies & Recipes. LearningHerbs.com. July 1, 2010. Web accessed Sept. 23, 2016. http://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/how-to-make-tinctures/
  5. "Skullcap". Healing Teas: How to Prepare and Use Teas to Maximize Your Health. Antol, Marie Nadine. Avery Publishing: 1996. pg 201-202.