Skullcap is Native American plant, the dried leaves and stems are used as an herbal medication and in teas. Blue skullcap is deemed best, as it has the widest range of applicable uses and powerful chemical compounds.
American Skullcap is used for trouble sleeping (insomnia), anxiety, stroke, and paralysis caused by stroke. It is also used for fever, high cholesterol, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), rabies, epilepsy, nervous tension, allergies, skin infections, inflammation, and spasms. Can prevent certain cancers, treat diabetes, balance hormones and help with weight loss.
Skullcap can interact with other herbs and medications which can lead to liver damage. Please contact me for more info or talk to your MD before using.
Chinese skullcap ( baikal scullcap ) should be prepared in a very different way than American skullcap, so be sure that you are getting the right one. Baikal skullcap is used to treat respiratory infections, hay fever, and fever. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) infections, as well as liver problems including viral hepatitis and jaundice.
Some people use Baikal skullcap for HIV/AIDS, kidney infections, pelvic inflammation, and sores or swelling. It is also used for scarlet fever, headache, irritability, red eyes, flushed face, seizures, epilepsy, hysteria, nervous tension, and to relieve a bitter taste in the mouth.
Baikal skullcap is used to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), prostate cancer, a lung condition called bronchiolitis, arthritis, and hemorrhoids.
Baikal skullcap is also sometimes applied to the skin for psoriasis.