Skullcap is one of the most popular food supplements everywhere around the world. The herb itself is botanically referred to as scutellaria lateriflora. It requires moist and wet soil so that it can grow properly, and its other preferences include an alternating climate of sun and shade. It is characterized by long leaves and flowers which look like tubes. The plant can grow up to half a meter in height. Other common names for skullcap include blue pimpernel and helmet flower.
Benefits of Skullcap Herb
Skullcap herb is known for its very potent sedative properties so it can be used as a tranquilizer in all different cases of headaches and fevers. It lowers the temperature and, due to its anti-spasmodic properties, it may come in very handy for all those who suffer from migraines. Skullcap herb can also come in very handy in the treatment of various different mental medical conditions such as epilepsy, chorea, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, insomnia, rabies, schizophrenia and others. Skullcap herb is also very efficient in decreasing the levels of triglycerides in the blood, decreasing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, reducing the possibility of heart attacks and maintaining proper cardiovascular health.
Skullcap herb is known for its very powerful anti inflammatory properties so it can be very helpful to all those who suffer from coughing, allergies, asthma, arthritis and similar medical conditions. Women may benefit from skullcap greatly because it is very efficient in reducing all the negative symptoms of PMS and menstruation. Skullcap is also very helpful in reducing anxiety and stress, reducing mucus congestions, promoting the flow of bile and it can also be used for the treatment of hangovers, hiccups, anorexia nervosa, fibromyalgia and Tourette’s syndrome.
In order to fully use all the benefits of skullcap herb, it needs to be dosed and administered properly. All the benefits of this plant are derived from its flowers and leaves. Once they get collected they get dried and then used to make supplements in the form of tinctures, powders, capsules or teas. When used in the form of a tincture it is best to take half a teaspoon three times per day. When used in the form of capsules, one should take 2 capsules three times per day. A teaspoon of skullcap powder is enough to be boiled in water and then left to simmer for no more than 15 minutes. 2 cups of this concoction per day should be enough.