dandelionwoots asked: i have a bunch of dried skullcap. what should i do with it?
There are a few things you can do with dried skullcap; is it the leaves, flowers, stem, and roots?
What I would do (very easy) is either of the following:
1. Tea: Place in french press/pot, and then poor just previously boiled water to cover everything, and then cover. Stir every few minutes during a 10-15 minute steep. Drain the leaves out and enjoy your herbal infusion. You can also then save the left over herb, let them dry and use them as poupery.
2. place herb in glass container that can be tightly covered (mason jar). Pour equal volume of alcohol (~50%) to just cover the herb. Place in dark area (no UV) and let it sit for 28 days. Shake it up every day. After 28 days strain the alcohol out into a separate glass container and take a few dropper fulls.
Both methods extract constituents in the plant that are used for a relaxed feeling. The constituents mechanism works by resetting you GABA receptors in the Central Nervous System. This lets you adapt and cope with stress better without a sedative effect.
Please let me know of any other questions! (this is very broad advice, but hopefully a good start)