Scientific Name:Scutellaria lateriflora
Common Names:Mad dog, quaker bonnet, hoodwort, helmet flower, blue pimpernel
Part Used:The whole plant
Habitat:Skullcap grows in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States
Skullcap is an ancient sleep aid remedy. It can greatly reduce anxiety and nervousness. It is often called nature’s tranquilizer. Besides its use as a sleep aid, many people take it to relieve muscle spasms and twitches, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. This herb also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and may be useful for treating arthritis and joint pain.
CAUTION:DO NOT TAKE while pregnant. Skullcap could cause miscarriage! Large doses of this herb may be harmful and could cause liver damage.