Mad Dog Skullcap; Blue Skullcap; Hoodwort
Medicinal uses: Taken today mainly as a nerve tonic and for its restorative properties. It helps to nourish and support the nervous system and calms and relieves stress and anxiety. Its antispasmodic action makes it useful for conditions where stress and worry cause muscular tension. It can be combined with other sedative herbs to treat insomnia and to relieve menstrual pain.
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American Skullcap ( Scutellaria lateriflora ) vs.
Chinese SkullCap(Scutellaria baicalensis )
Both Skullcap have medicianal uses.
Both forms of skullcap are used to treat different conditions and are not interchangeable. Penn State Hershey
American Skullcap is the fun one. The leaves of this plant can be made into a pleasant tea, or smoked or vaped. It is a Sedative, reduces anxiety, relaxes the body, antispasmodic.
Chinese Skullcap is a medicine. The root is ground into a powder.
It also has some sedative properties however it is less likely to be of any recreational value.
Skullcap is a strong herb and it’s influence can be felt on the mind and body, it is reliable and should be used for one or more of these purposes.
– Relax and Unwind
– Dissolve stressful emotion
– Empty the the mind
– Ease involuntary muscle spasm
– Reduce muscle tension
– Have some fun. Do something safe, something you don’t need all your wit to do safely
If the affects of skullcap overwhelm you only need a coffee, tea, mild stimulant or a bit of excersize, or food or a nap. Affects don’t last long.
You are not as mindful when under the influence of skullcap. That is what it is good for though. To give the mind a break, to give you, your body, your spirit a break from your mind. Or unnecessary thoughts at least.
So don’t worry if you feel less clever, witty, sharp, alert etc. It’s just your mind taking a break and it will be back in no time.
Some distributors of SkullCap and why they are good.
I have purchased a lot of herb from Mindfuel. The herbs are high quality,
and there are so many too choose from. They are partnered with Elevated Botanicals and if they are not the best herb shop to buy from in NZ then they are top 5 without doubt.
One type of antispasmodics is used for smooth muscle relaxation, especially in tubular organs of the gastrointestinal tract. The effect is to prevent spasms of the stomach, intestine or urinary bladder