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American Scullcap

Also indexed as:Scutellaria lateriflora
American Scullcap: Main Image© Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Scutellaria lateriflora

How It Works

Few studies have been completed on the constituents of American scullcap. One of its constituents, scutellarian, has been reportedly shown to have mild sedative and antispasmodic actions in animal studies.5 Human trials have not yet been conducted to confirm the use of scullcap for anxiety or insomnia.

How to Use It

Scullcap tea can be made by pouring 1 cup (250 ml) of boiling water over 1–2 teaspoons (5–10 grams) of the dried herb and steeping for 10 to 15 minutes. This tea may be drunk three times per day.6 Alternatively, tincture made from fresh scullcap, 1/3–3/4 teaspoon (2–4 ml) three times per day, may be taken.

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