Information on Skullcap

Latin NameScutellaria lateriflora
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsDigestive system, Nervous system
CautionsNone noted for skullcap, but commercially-available supplies are often adulterated with germander, a genus that has shown some liver toxicity. To be sure of a product containing skullcap, call the manufacturer for proof of identity.
Botanical InfoA slender perennial from the Mint family with opposite leaves and 2-lipped blue flowers attached to the leaf nodes, with both pairs on pointing out from the same side of the stem, because one pair is bent back to align with the other pair.
DescriptionSkullcap is a relaxing nervine and antispasmodic which is recommended by herbalists to relieve headache, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, nervous exhaustion, and teething. It is sometimes used to ease the discomfort of drug and alcohol withdrawal, and it is often considered one of the best herbs to lower excessive sexual desire.
Its Chinese counterpart, Scutellaria baicalensis, is used to remove heat from the respiratory and digestive systems and to lower blood pressure.

Skullcap has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture10-30 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Skullcap

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Addictionsanti-addictive, nervinetincture, capsules
Anxietynervinetincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Migraine headacheantispasmodictincture, tablet, capsule, tea
Sexual energy, to decreaseanaphrodisiactincture, tea, capsule
PMS [Premenstrual Syndrome]nervinetea, tincture, capsule
Nervous exhaustionstrengthening nervine, bitter digestive tonictincture, tea

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