- Scutellaria lateriflora
- Reduces stress, anxiety and nervous tension, promotes inner calm, and counteracts insomnia
Known as blue skullcap or mad dog skullcap, skull cap is an aromatic herb of the mint family, Lamiaceae, and is native to North America. Skullcap is a great tasting tea, with tasty minty flavour, and surprisingly strong but gentle relaxing effects on the body and mind. A delicious and healthy way to wind down after a long day.
Skullcap has been traditionally used by North American Indians as a nerve tonic and diuretic. It was highly revered by the Cherokee and other tribes as a medicinal herb, and frequently used as a ceremonial plant. European settlers in the late 1700’s promoted the herb’s effectiveness as a cure for rabies, giving rise to one of its common names, mad dog weed.However, claim was discarded, and herbalists focused on the plant’s significant value as a sedative.
Actions: Skullcap reduces stress, anxiety and nervous tension, promotes inner calm, and counteracts insomnia. Because of its antispasmodic action, it may also be helpful in treating menstrual cramps, childbirth pains, and convulsions. Some popular uses for skullcap include the treatment of alcohol or cannabis withdrawal, colds, insomnia, nervous tension, and stress. Skullcap teas have also been shown to lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels, potentially lowering risk of heart attack and stroke.
Constituents: The beneficial effects of skullcap come from its high levels of flavanoids and phenols including baicalin, baicalein, wogonin, and oroxylin A. Some of these flavanoids bind on the same benzodiazepine receptors in the brain that many anxiety medications attach to, causing its relaxing effects.
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