Skullcap is a medicinal herb belonging to the Scutellaria genus, with American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) being the most commonly known species. It is valued in traditional herbal medicine for its potential to alleviate anxiety, stress, and sleep disorders, as well as for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. American skullcap is often used as a nervine herb for its calming effects on the nervous system, while Chinese skullcap is used in traditional Chinese medicine for its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Preparation: Place 1-2 teaspoons of dried skullcap in a cup, pour hot water over it, and let it steep for about 10-15 minutes. Strain and enjoy.
- Ingredients: Dried skullcap leaves or aerial parts and a carrier oil (e.g., olive oil).
- Preparation: Place dried skullcap in a jar and cover it with the carrier oil. Seal the jar and let it sit in a cool, dark place for several weeks, shaking it daily. Strain the oil before use.
- Usage: Skullcap-infused oil can be applied topically on the skin