Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

skullcap benefitsSkullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora), or hoodwood, blue skullcap, mad-dog skullcap, etc., is a perennial herb which grows throughout the United States and Europe. It can be found on the roadsides, fields, meadows, wet ditches or forests – in any sort of shady and moist environment. It is a member of mint family. The herb has very beautiful blue flowers which usually appear not on the top but all along the stem of the herb. The flowers bloom during the period from May to August, and it is the best time to pick this medicinal herb as well.

Skullcap is one of the most potent known herbs, and such herbal products as skullcap infusion or extracts have been used in the context of alternative medicine for many centuries: in particular, it was very well familiar to the Cherokees and other indigenous population of North America. Health benefits of skullcap include such therapeutic properties of it as astringent, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, nervine, tonic, febrifuge, emenagogue and many others. According to the researches, this herb is rich in such phytoelements as tannins, flavonoids, iridoids and volatile oils. If used on a recommendation of a herbalist or other health care specialist, it is possible to enjoy the following skullcap benefits:

  • This herbal remedy can be used to treat a great number of nervous system disorders including chronic anxiety, delerium tremens, nervous tension, convulsions, hysteria, ADD and so on.
  • health benefits of skullcapFor years this herb was used to treat rabies and schizophrenia.
  • Skullcap benefits embrace excellent relaxant properties of this herb, which can be used for relieving tension, spasms, muscle twitching and cramps.
  • Skullcap infusion can be an effective natural remedy for insomnia and restlessness.
  • This herbal remedy can help to recover after weakness and chronic aches.
  • This medicinal herb can be used to relieve coughs and chest pains.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties of skullcap can assist if treating any sort of infections, especially throat infections.
  • Besides, skullcap infusion can be used to treat a variety of female problems like irregular periods, morning sickness during pregnancy and so on.
  • Health benefits of skullcap also include very strong powers of this herb to calm down headaches, migraines and other relevant health conditions.
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