Skullcap is used as a nerve tonic to reduce stress, anxiety, and nervous tension. It’s used as a sedative and North American Indians used for menstrual cramps, childbirth pains, and convulsions. It can help with insomnia and tends to promote an inner calm to the nerves.
Scute, Scullcap, Madweed, and Mad-Dog Skullcap.
The above-ground parts of the plant, dried.
Nerve tonic, sedative, and antispasmodic
Taken as a tea or tincture.
Topical Uses / Applications:
Not used in cooking.
Volatile oil, scutellarin, bitter glycoside, tannin, fat, bitter principles, and sugar.
GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe. This herb can be safely consumed when used appropriately. Mountain Rose Herbs suggests that because of its use in expelling afterbirth, it should not be used during pregnancy.
Traditionally used by North American Indians as a nerve tonic, emmenagogue, and diuretic. It was highly valued by the Cherokee and other tribes as a female medicinal herb.
The name “mad dog weed” comes from Skullcap being thought of as a cure for rabies. However, it didn’t actually work on rabies but worked better on menstrual cramps, childbirth pains, and convulsions. Emmenagogues are herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus;
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