Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) makes a wonderful evening infusion of skullcap tea and is commonly macerated as skullcap tincture. A member of the Lamiaceae family, this plant has a long history of use in western botanical medicine. It is used to support exhausted nerves resulting from mental and physical exhaustion, maintain normal balance in times of muscular tension, and to support normal sleep patterns. It is trophorestorative to the nervous system meaning it restores nutrition uptake to the nerves. Like most herbs in the mint family, it is cooling yet has bitter principles and other complex chemicals making it a balanced choice as a gentle nervine.
Energetics: Cooling and relaxing
Properties: Analgesic, antispasmodic, nervine, sedative and soporific. Helps to calm brain function. Useful for insomnia, stress, and tension headaches.
Precautions: High doses of the tincture may cause mental confusion, twitching, irregular heartbeat, and seizures. Skullcap should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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