Skullcap (Scutellaria Lateriflora)
Because of its resemblance to a medieval helmet, the American skullcap (scutellaria lateriflora) is also known as helmet flower, hoodwort, scullcap, quaker bonnet, blue pimpernel, hooded willow plant, and crazy weed.
Skullcap is a plant with a long history of pharmacological usefulness around the globe. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine have been using it to alleviate anxiety, improve sleep, reduce muscle spasms, and even lower fever.
Skullcap is now used for a variety of health issues, including preventing heart disease, decreasing stress and inflammation, fighting cancer cells, promoting sleep, reducing muscle spasms and fever, and treating epilepsy.
1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
When herbs are used for a long period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example, if you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause, if it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause, etc. That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Herbs and botanicals should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry area- to preserve their flavor and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!