Skullcap (or scullcap) is a member of the mint family native to Eastern North America. It grows in rich, forested, wet areas to around 3 feet tall. The blue or purple hat-shaped flowers grow on short stems underneath the uppermost leaves. Like any member of the mint family, it has a calming effect on the nervous system. Historically Skullcap has been used by Native Americans to help with insomnia and epilepsy. Fresh infusions and tinctures were the most common methods of use.
History and Folklore:
Many Native American Indian tribes have used the herb medicinally, or ceremonially. Native Americans used it for insomnia, anxiety and pain. Skullcap was a popular treatment in the 1700s for hydrophobia or rabies due to its calming effects. It probably had no effect on the outcome of rabies infection though.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest aerial parts of the plant from about three inches above the ground when the flowers are in bloom.
Do not take during pregnancy. Be aware that skullcap may potentiate the calming and sedating properties of other herbs or pharmaceuticals.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Mad Dog Weed
Scutellaria brittonnii, S. galericulata, S. lateriflora, S. nanay.
Tincture Ingredients: Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
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