SKULLCAP: “All American Tranquilizer”

Sedative, Tranquilizer

Also Known As: Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Mad Dog Weed, Quaker Bonnet, Skullcap and Virginia Skullcap


In the year 1772, skullcap was first introduced in the West as a cure for rabies. In 1863, skullcap entered into the United States Pharmacopeia as a tranquilizer and moved its title in 1916 to the National Formulary, the pharmacists’ reference and remained there until 1947. Over the years, herbalists have used skullcap as an aid for digestion, a sedative and a tranquilizer.


  • Infusion:

For a tranquilizing infusion, boil a cup of water. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day. Add honey, sugar and lemon or mix with an herbal beverage of your liking to combat the bitter taste.

Use: (Grow Your Own)

Skullcap will grow in any well drained soil. Plants require little care. Plant seedlings 6 inches apart in early spring under full sun. Harvest the leaves in mid-summer.


Use skullcap in medicinal amounts. The FDA lists skullcap as an herb of undefined safety.