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Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)

by Caileen Vermilyea |

An herb that has been used for hundreds of years for its valuable sedative medicinal characteristics. Skullcap is a perennial plant kin akin to mint, known for its soothing properties.

Common Name: Skullcap 

Scientific Name: Scutellaria lateriflora 
Family: Lamiaceae

Identified by:
Square stems and jagged edges of its leaves, can grow up to three feet tall and is adorned with dainty blue flowers formed by two tongue-like petals.


Together, the two petals were said to resemble the helmets of medieval European soldiers, hence its common name: skullcap. The herb has a long history of use among Native Americans for an array of ailments. Utilized by the the Cherokee to stimulate menstruation and relieve breast pain, skullcap was employed in the ceremonial transition of young girls to womanhood. 

The Cherokee also used infusions and decoctions of skullcap roots for treating diarrhea, kidney problems and to encourage expulsion of the placenta after childbirth. In the 19th century, skullcap was used by herbalists as a remedy for "hysteria," epilepsy, convulsions, rabies, and mental illnesses because of its sedative effects on the nervous system. Recently, skullcap has also been used in weaning patients from barbiturates and tranquilizers. 

Great For:
Nervy shooting pains, headaches, period cramps, numbness, brain fog, fatigue, tremors, anxiety. Overall it increases our nervous system health, function, and cell communication. 

Ethical Harvest Practices:
Always ask permission, clear dead brush around the plants, cutting from lowest point on the plant to encourage further growth. 

We use skullcap as a lead in our calm elixir, a blend of relaxing, neurorestorative herbs that aids the body in releasing tension and balancing energy. Here are some quick facts about this gentle plant that packs a powerful punch and offers relief from the most common ailment of the modern human : stress.

Products Featuring Skullcap

calm elixir


Relaxing & neuro-restorative herbs in a healing blend. Aids the body in releasing tension and balances energy.


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