Skullcap Medicinal Uses was well known among the Cherokee and other Native American healers. The herb is widely valued for it restorative properties on the nervous system. It is a hardy perennial herb of the mint family, native to North America.
Skullcap Medicinal Uses Overview
Today Skullcap is recognized as a powerful medicinal herb, used in alternative medicine as an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, slightly astringent, emmenagogue, febrifuge, nervine, sedative and tonic. This slightly bitter, not very aromatic mint has cell-protecting properties, as well as many nourishing minerals. It is safe to give to children and the elderly in appropriate doses.
Among its benefits, it may help in the treatment of:
- Chronic and acute pain.
- Anxiety and Insomnia.
- Muscle spasms and tremors.
- Tension headaches and seizures.
- High Cholesterol.
- Indigestion, Menstrual cramps and PMT symptoms.
- Drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Caution: DO NOT use during pregnancy. Since the herb has sedative properties, it is advisable to first start with smaller doses.
Skullcap Herbal Preparations and Uses
Parts Used: Leaves, flowers and root.
- Tea infusion.
Skullcap Herbal Recipes
- Add 1 table spoon of fresh or dried herb to 1 cup almost boiling water. (Do not bring the water to boiling point, as boiling water will reduces the effectiveness of the herb)
- Cover and steep 15 – 30 minutes, strain and drink.
Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.