Skullcap herb - organic - cut and sifted

Botanical name: Scutellaria lateriflora

Other names: blue skullcap, mad dog skullcap, side-flowering skullcap

Family: Lamiaceae

Distribution: Worldwide

Origin : North America

Skullcap is a flowering perennial plant native to North America. The name skullcap refers to the flower’s resemblance to helmets worn by European soldiers.

Skullcap is a Native American plant, the dried leaves and stems of which are used as an herbal medication and in teas to treat anxiety, stress and insomnia.

The plant has been used for centuries as a mild sedative and sleep promoter. Native Americans, especially Cherokee women, have used it as an emmenagogue. It is used to treat menstrual disorders, nervousness and nervous disorders (including hysteria, nervous tension, epilepsy and chorea). It is also used to treat digestive and kidney problems.

It is now used largely as a sedative and sleeping pill, often in combination with other herbs such as valerian. Skullcap extracts are prepared from the aerial parts of the Scutellaria lateriflora plant and contain large amounts of flavonoids, including scutellarin and baicalin, which are believed to be the active components accounting for its sedative and antispasmodic activity. It is thought that the flavonoid compounds may act as gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) agonists similar to the benzodiazepines.

The plant contains flavonoids, which are found throughout the plant but are more concentrated in the leaves, and the concentrations are found to decrease slightly as the plant matures. The dried leaf is reported to contain about 50 milligrams of flavonoid per gram. The flavonoids are readily extracted using hot water.

Please note that skullcap has been linked to several instances of clinically apparent liver injury, but usually in combination with other botanicals (

Our Skullcap

Our Skullcap is higher quality because it's freshly harvested by knowledgeable family farmers, as well as it's stored in the cold and dark. It contains a high content of essential oils.

Our Skullcap is ethically harvested by local family farmers.




Our products are of the highest quality but they have not been certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. Therefore, we have to specify that they cannot be sold for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically. TrancePlants, its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.

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