Metaphysical Properties of Scullcap Leaf
Scutellatia lateriflora, S. galericulata
Other Common Names: Greater Scullcap, Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Madweed, Quaker Bonnet, Skullcap
Powers: Love, Fidelity, Peace
Magical Uses: Used in spells of relaxation and peace. When a woman wears a scullcap protects her husband from advances from other women.
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore Skullcap Leaf
Skullcap has a variety of healing properties that have been used over the centuries.
Traditionally it has been used in sleep pillows for relaxation & peace, to bind oaths, consecrate vows & commitments (handfasting, initiations, etc.), and aiding a relationship to extend beyond this life. For this purpose, Scullcap may be worn, burned as incense, or used as an oil. Used in bath magick to calm the aura of tensions and stress. It is a common herb used in spells for disharmony and disruptive situations. It has been said to place a pinch in a lover’s shoes to keep them from being affected by the charms of others.
Scullcap is commonly used for preventing nightmares and restorative after a spiritual or magical assault, recovery from exorcism, or other trials. In some traditional medicines, scullcap is combined with vervain as a restorative for any spiritual work.
Scullcap has a long tradition in hoodoo for attracting gifts of money. It has many excellent magical uses.
Scullcap is calming and relaxing and has been used for anxiety, insomnia, stress-related conditions, anorexia, panic attacks, and depression. It is said to aid conditions with involuntary muscle twitching or convulsions, such as restless leg syndrome and mild epileptic seizures.
It is said that it can be used for St. Vitus dance (Sydenham's chorea) and even for schizophrenia. It is said to be useful for fibromyalgia. Native American women have drunk it to promote menstruation, and it can be used to treat menstrual cramps, relax tense muscles, especially those that caused stress. Do not use during pregnancy.
Magical uses of Skullcap
Magically skullcap has been used for cleansing in cases where a menstruation taboo has been broken.
It can be used for exorcism and to protect the practitioner on spirit journeys.