is it found?
This plant is found
throughout the Southwest and throughout New Mexico. But it is more
abundant near creeks or water.
does it look like?
Skullcap has perennial herbs
with weak, four-sided stems, and long blunt-toothed leaves. The flowers
are blue to bluish-purple and are trumpet-shaped. The tiny fruits are
produced in July to October (Kershaw, 2000).
are the medical uses?
Skullcap is used to treat
high blood pressure, any nervous system malfunction, motor symptoms of
Sydenham’s chorea, and will sometimes relieve some of the pain in the
earlier stages of Multiple Sclerosis (Moore, 1979).
chemicals are in it?
There are six known
antihypertensive chemicals found in Skullcap. They are Arginine, Calcium,
Magnesium, Potassium, Verbascoside, and Tannin (Dr. Duke, 2003).