Skullcap For The Treating Of
Skullcap is relatively new to the
repertoire of European herbs, although it was used in the
Americas by native peoples for some time. For instance, it is
said that Native Americans used Virginian skullcap to treat
rabies and some women used it to help promote
Skullcap is characterized by flowers that
grow only on one side of the plant, and by small dish-shaped
seedpods. These days, skullcap is mostly used to treat a
variety of nervous disorders.
The American skullcap is S.
lateriflora. In Chinese medicine, the related plant is
S. baicalensis, or better known by its Chinese medicine
name, huang qin.
The taste of skullcap has alternately been
described as dry, cold and bitter. Many of the parts of the
skullcap plant are used for herbal remedies. The aerial parts
are used to create many herbal remedies. The aerial parts of
the skullcap plant are well known for its calming
The aerial parts of the skullcap plant are
used to treat many different kinds of nervous conditions.
Herbalists believe that the aerial parts of the skullcap plant
contain properties that also have a tonic effect on the central
Thus it is believed that herbal remedies
derived from the skullcap plant are ideal to treat patients who
are suffering from nervous exhaustion. Skullcap has also been
prepared for treating other common conditions. Some traditional
herbalists use skullcap to prepare herbal remedies that treat
premenstrual tension. Skullcap has also been used in remedies
to treat the symptoms of epilepsy.
In Chinese herbal medicine, the root of the
skullcap plant is used to produce certain herbal remedies. In
China, skullcap is known as huang qin. Traditional Chinese
herbalists use skullcap to clear heat from the respiratory and
digestive systems. In China, huang qin is also thought to help
ease the symptoms of insomnia.
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In China, the skullcap plant is thought to contain melatonin,
so this may explain why the plant has been shown to be
effective in easing the symptoms of insomnia. In Korea, the
skullcap plant is also used widely in herbal remedies. Some
Korean research on the skullcap plant has revealed new
dimensions to this old herbal favorite.
For example, recent Korean research has
demonstrated that the herb can help combat the development of
gum disease and tooth decay. Some new lines of natural
toothpastes have added the skullcap plant to its ingredients
There are many different ways to prepare the skullcap plant
into several herbal remedies. One of the most common ways to
take the skullcap plant is in a hot tea.
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To infuse the skullcap plant, use only fresh
aerial parts and place in hot water to create a hot tea. To
treat the symptoms of insomnia, it is recommended that skullcap
be combined with wild lettuce or passionflower. A special
tincture can be created from skullcap. Use fresh herb whenever
possible. Combine five ml of skullcap with 10 drops of lemon
balm as a tincture to treat the symptoms of stress or