Herb of the Day: Scullcap (Skullcap)

Also known as “mad dog weed” scullcap (also spelled skullcap) has been used to treat rabies in dogs as well as a number of ailments for humans.This beautiful plant is named for the flowers it grows which resemble helmets worn by ancient European soldiers.  Widely used among Native Americans, in Chinese Medicine, and among ancient European healers, Scullcap can be consumed in teas, tinctures, or extracts.  The herb does have a bitter flavor so many prefer to add something sweet along with scullcap.  Also known as “mad dog weed” scullcap has been used to treat rabies in dogs as well as a number of ailments for humans.

Traditional Uses

  • Anxiety
  • Nerve relaxant
  • Mild Sedative
  • ADD
  • Relaxation
  • Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial
  • Headaches
  • Parkinson’s

The Plant

Scullcap and Skullcap are used interchangeably for Scutellaria lateriflora.  This plant is a member of the mint family found throughout North America and Europe.  Most noted for the flowers which grow in a wide variety of colors ranging from shades of blue and purple to pink or white.  These flowers are similar to snapdragons and resemble a helmet covering the other half of the flower.  The plant grows up to four feet high with leaves up to 2 ½ inches long.  Thriving in sun scullcap is easy to grow in a home garden from seed or from cuttings.  If planted in a dry environment scullcap needs frequent watering and fertilization.  Harvest when flowers are in full bloom making sure to leave 3 inches of growth in the ground.

TriLight Health and Scullcap

Scullcap is found in Peace Treaty, Hear No Evil, Contract Ease, Snooze EZ

Snooze EZ is a pregnancy safe short-term remedy for help with anxiety or restlessness.

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Scullcap is contraindicated for those with liver problems.  Pregnant women should consult with their practitioner before using scullcap as overdose can lead to miscarriage especially in the first trimester.  

What do you use Scullcap for?

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your health care practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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