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ScullCap (Scutellaria laterifolia)

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Name:

Scutellaria laterifolia L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Other Common Names:

Standardized: skullcap
Other: blue skullcap, scullcap

Habitat:

Eastern North America.

Description

Scullcap is an herbaceous perennial mint with rigid leaves and tiny flowers that can range in many colors (purple, blue, pink & white). This plant is called “skullcap” because its small blue or purple flowers look like it has a cap on its outer whorl. The book “Biotechnology for Medicinal Plants: Micropropagation and Improvement” highlights that skullcap flowers are hooded, tube-shaped and two-lipped, with the upper portion serving as the hood and the lower area possessing two shallow lobes

Uses

Traditionally used as tea or for tinctures; can be also used for capsules or smoke

Scullcap has been used to promote emotional well being and relaxation during times of distress

*Please consult your physician about any medical concern you may have; and educate yourself thoroughly about these herbs before any type of use.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to cure, treat, diagnose, or prevent any disease.