Skullcap herb is a sedative nervine and has mild antispasmodic and anti-hypertensive effects. It is a great herb to use if your anxiety is accompanied with worry, it also helps ease tension headaches and insomnia.
Also useful for drug and alcohol with-drawl. Some say it treats fever and convulsions, however, it is traditionally used as a tranquilizer. All indications of the health benefits of herbs.
In one particular species of skullcap; known as scutellaria baicalensis, studies showed that it increases levels of “good” cholesterol (high density lipoprotiens). As HDLs increase, the risk of heart attack decreases.
This skullcap can also lower your triglyceride levels, which has been implicated as a contributor to heart disease.
Many species grow in Europe, but the American herb is the one used in herbal healing. It is sometimes called Virginia skullcap, but it grows all over the United States.
Skullcap is a bitter herb. As a rule of thumb: most bitter tasting herbs are medicinal herbs and should be used only while healing, and not for longer than six months at a time. The preferred forms are capsules and tinctures.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, skullcap supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Fat, glycoside, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, volatile oil, sugar, tannins and vitamin E.
Skullcap plant is a square stemmed perennial with opposite serrated leaves. It is slender with two foot branching. The flower has two lips. The upper lip has an elongated cap like appearance.
It may be propagated by seeds or root divisions planted in early spring. Thin seedlings to six inch spacing. This herb grows in any well drained soil under full sun and requires little care. Although skullcap is a perennial, it rarely lives more than three years. Harvest the leaves in midsummer.
Other herbs containing anti-spasmodic actions include balm, black cohosh, blue cohosh, chamomile, dong quai, fennel, garlic, licorice, mullein, passion flower, red raspberry, rhubarb, rosemary, thyme and valerian.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PETS:
Is effective for nervous tension, restlessness or general excitibility in cats and dogs. It does not cause drowsiness or slow the reflexes making it suitable for pets who need their survival instincts outside the house.