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  • Scutellaria lateriflora
  • Origin: USA


Common Name

Standardized: skullcap
Other: blue skullcap, scullcap

Botanical Name

Scutellaria laterifolia L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae


Skullcap is an herbaceous perennial mint with ridged leaves and tiny flowers that can range in color from purple and blue to pink and white. The two-lobed flowers resemble the military helmets worn by early European settlers, hence the herb's name. A hardy plant, it grows 1 to 4 feet (25 cm to 1 m) high, thriving in the woods and swamplands of eastern North America. Settlers in the late 1700's promoted the herb's effectiveness as a cure for rabies, giving rise to one of its common names, mad dog weed. This claim was later discarded, and herbalists began to focus on the plant's considerable value.

Parts Used

The above-ground parts of the plant, dried.

Typical Preparations

Traditionally taken as a tea or tincture; can be used in capsule form.


Skullcap is a comforting herb. It is used to promote emotional well-being and relaxation during times of occasional distress.


Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.