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Medicinal Herb: Scullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia)

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The American species, Virginian Scullcap, flowering in July, with inconspicuous blue flowers in one-sided racemes, is one of the finest nervines ever discovered.

Popularly this plant is known in America as Mad-dog Scullcap or Madweed, having the reputation of being a certain cure for hydrophobia.



Biological Name:
Scutellaria laterifolia


Other Names:
Skullcap, Scullcap, Hoodwort, Quaker Bonnet, Helmet Flower, European Skullcap, Greater Skullcap, American skullcap, blue skullcap, blue pimpernel, hoodwart, hooded willow herb, side-flowering skullcap, mad dogweed, mad weed, helmet flower

Parts Used:
Aerial parts

Active Compounds:

Scutellarin, a flavonoid glycoside and many other flavones.
Iridoids; catalpol is present
Volatile oil and waxes, mainly C3l, C33 and C35 hydrocarbons

Traditional Applications in Herbal Medicine:

Scullcap has strong tonic, nervine and antispasmodic and hypotensive action, and is slightly astringent.

In nervous headaches, neuralgia and in headache arising from incessant coughing and pain, it offers one of the most suitable and reliable remedies.

Skullcap relaxes states of nervous tension whilst at the same time renewing and revivifying the central nervous system. It has a specific use in the treatment of seizure and hysterical states as well as epilepsy. May be used in all exhausted or depressed conditions. Can be used with complete safety in the easing of pre-menstrual tension.

Combinations : It combines well with Valerian, Passion Flower, Black Cohosh etc..


Infusion: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day or when needed.

Tincture: take 2-4ml of the tincture three times a day.


No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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