Skullcap, Scutellaria lateriflora

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Size: per gram (50g minimum)

conventionally grown in China

Skullcap aerials

Scutellaria lateriflora

Blue Pimpernel, Blue Skullcap, Scullcap, Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Mad-dog Weed, Mad Weed, Quaker Bonnet, Side-flowering Skullcap, Virginian Skullcap.

Cautions   please be aware that herbs, although natural can interact with certain medications, and that they may be ill advised to use under certain health conditions.  Please consult a qualified health practitioner for cautions pertinent to you.

No therapeutic claim   is made or intended for this product.  Information is for educational purposes only. 


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Actions: Nervine tonic, anti-spasmodic, hypotensive.
This dried herb has been commonly used to help bring on sleep and as a mild sedative. Although more double blind testing needs to be performed on this and other herbs in order to determine efficacy, it may help to relieve muscle spasms, and may help to increase urine flow. It is also commonly used as a tonic for general health improvement and as an astringent. It may help to increase menstrual flow, and therefore is not recommended for pregnant women.


Skullcap is perhaps the most widely relevant nervine available to us in the materia medica. It relaxes states of nervous tension whilst at the same time renewing and revivifying the central nervous system. It has a specific use in the treatment of seizure and hysterical states as well as epilepsy. It may be used in all exhausted or depressed conditions. It can be used with complete safety in the easing of pre-menstrual tension.

Priest & Priest tell us that it is a " diffusive, stimulating & relaxing nervine - cerebral vasodilator and tropho restorative. Indicated for nervous irritation of the cerebrospinal nervous system" They give the following specific indications: functional nervous exhaustion, post febrile nervous weakness. Choreahysteriaagitation andepileptiform convulsionsinsomnianightmaresrestless sleep.

Ellingwood considered it specific for " two distinct lines of specific phenomena. Firstly irritability of the nervous system with restlessness and nervous excitability; inability to sleep without pain; general irritability with insomnia from local causes. The second is where there is nervous disorder, characterized by irregular muscular action, twitching, tremors and restlessness, with or without incoordination. Its soothing influence continues for a protracted period, after the agent is discontinued." In addition here commends it for the following patholgies: delirium tremensnervous excitability.

not recommended for pregnant women.
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