Scullcap Herb Powder
Botanical Name - Scutellaria lateriflora
Other Names - Marsh Skullcap, Blue scullcap, American scullcap, Side Flowering, scullcap,Helmet flower, Mad Dogweed
Origin - USA
Typical Preparations - Often encapsulated as a dietary supplement, sometimes in combination with valerian or passion flower.
Culinary Usages - Encapsulate as a dietary supplement.
Cosmetic Usages - Heat infuse in oil for use in making topical salves, balms and ointments.
Scutellaria lateriflora, better known as American skullcap and Virginia skullcap, is a perennial woodland herb found throughout North America. The plant is also cultivated elsewhere, including Europe and China. It should NOT be confused, however, with its cousin Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) as the two are not interchangeable.
Skullcap is an herbaceous perennial mint with ridged leaves and tiny flowers that can range in color from purple and blue to pink and white. The two-lobed flowers resemble the military helmets worn by early European settlers, hence the herb's name. A hardy plant, it grows 1 to 4 feet (25 cm to 1 m) high, thriving in the woods and swamplands of eastern North America.
Precautions - This herb may increase the sedative effects of antidepressants, barbiturates and benzodiazepines.
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