Herb Reference Guide

American Skullcap

History

A member of the lamiaceae family, this plant has a long history of use in western botanical medicine. It is used to support exhausted nerves resulting from mental and physical exhaustion, maintain normal balance in times of muscular tension, and to support normal sleep patterns. Many Eclectic Medical texts mention its use to support the nerves during withdrawal from drugs. It is trophorestorative to the nervous system meaning it restores nutrition uptake to the nerves. Like most herbs in the mint family, it is cooling yet has bitter principles and other complex chemicals making it a balanced choice as a gentle nervine.

Function

Skullcap has a calming and relaxing effect on the body and can be used during the day to restore balance to an overworked individual or in the evening to promote normal, healthy sleep. It should be noted that ever since Skullcap began to be used as a medicinal plant, it has been prepared from the fresh plant parts.

Uses of American Skullcap

Disclaimer

This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Active Constituents

This plant is a nervine and contains numerous flavanoids and flavones including the flavanoid glycoside scutellarin. It also contains baicalin, wogonin, lignans, resins, essential oils, tannins, and iridoids.

Parts Used

  • Above ground parts of plant

Important precautions

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