Scullcap is technically a mint, but it doesn’t have that typical lemony menthol blast. The taste is more bitter, more astringent, less aromatic. There are two kinds of scullcap – American and Chinese (ours is the Chinese variety, premium grade and organic). Scullcap roots are a useful antihistamine; Herbalists have often used them to treat asthma and allergies, sooth the nerves and reduce inflammation. There’s even some evidence that scullcap can alleviate the symptoms of diabetes. Just keep in mind, scullcap has a pretty potent flavour: it’s generally best to infuse the roots with a little peppermint, then sweeten with honey. You’ll get all the health benefits without the bitter aftertaste.
Ingredients: Scullcap Root (Scutellaria Baicalensis).
Serving suggestion: For Scullcap tisane, add one tablespoon and brew in 90-95ºC water for 10 minutes. Sweeten with honey and lemon (for taste).