Medicinal Herbs: Skullcap
It’s amazing the resources we have right outside our homes. With a bit of knowledge and safety many of our common alignments can be treated with the items we grow.
Family Name: Labiatae (Mint Family)
Botanical Name: Scutellaria Lateriflora
Other Names: Scullcap, Hoodwort, European Skullcap, Greater Skullcap, Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Quaker Bonnet
Please keep in mind, we are only referring to American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and not Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
Native to North American, skullcap has become cultivated in many other areas of the world. Skullcap is being used as a mild relaxant, and studies are being done in areas effectiveness such as anxiety, convulsions and nervous tension.
Parts Used: Leaves
Age of plant to Harvest: 3-4 years old
- Should never be combined with sedatives such as: Anticonvulsants, Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Insomnia Medications, Tricyclic Antidepressants or Alcohol.
- Not to be used on people that have liver problems
Note Worthy Information:
Sullcap is being tested for its effectiveness in various disorders, epilepsy being one of them. Having an epileptic child, is the reason I choose to showcase Skullcap first. It’s also being used as an alternative medication to treat ADD and various nerve disorders.
How to use Skullcap:
- 1 oz of powdered herb is steeped in one pint of hot water, 3 oz (1/2 teacup) doses every 3-4 hours.
- As a tincture to relax muscles
This information is just basic information I have found through my own research. Please always do your own research before using any herbs for medicinal or culinary use. Never stop medical advice based on something you read online. Always consult your doctor first. We at one acre farming are not responsible for anyone’s actions for outcomes when harvesting or using any medicinal herbs.