Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) Native

Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

Parts used: aerial portions

Medicinal uses: Taken today mainly as a nerve tonic and for its restorative properties. It helps to nourish and support the nervous system and calms and relieves stress and anxiety. Its antispasmodic action makes it useful for conditions where stress and worry cause muscular tension. It can be combined with other sedative herbs to treat insomnia and to relieve menstrual pain. Thought by some to cure rabies, giving rise to the common name “mad dog skullcap.”

Cautions: None known (Chevallier 135).

Skullcap Scutellaria lateriflora

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