Skullcap- Scutellaria Lateriflora

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This Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Skullcap - Scutellaria lateriflora in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Part used: Aerial herb in bud.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 tablespoon of dry herb per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh + dry strength liquid extract: 20-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Skullcap is indicated when there is nervous fear, restless sleep, cardiac irritability and spasms. There is inability to pay attention and a dull frontal headache or headache at the base of the brain. Symptoms are worse with noise, odors and light and better at night and with rest.

Use: (a) Sedative, (b) Stomachic, (c) Antispasmodic, (d) Trophorestorative, (e) Cerebral vasodilator, (f) Hypotensive.

Skullcap is used for insomnia, restless sleep, anxiety, agitation, nervous exhaustion and nervous system weakness after a prolonged illness. It is indicated for nervous irritation of the cerebrospinal nervous system.

Skullcap is a wonderful antispasmodic and is useful when there are muscle spasms in association with fibromyalgia, seizure disorders, insomnia, anxiety, or illness associated with nervous exhaustion.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

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