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Scutellaria Lateriflora, or Skullcap, is a powerful medicinal herb that has been used for centuries to calm the nerves, soothe the mind, and improve mood over time. It can be taken at the onset of a panic attack or a nervous headache to help lessen or alleviate symptoms. It is prescribed by herbalists for a wide variety of mental and nervine disorders—including depression and epilepsy! Skullcap is non-habit-forming and without side effects if taken in low dosages. This soothing herb holds long-standing traditional uses in Cherokee herbal medicine, where it was utilized as a ceremonial emmenagogue (a substance that induces menstruation) to usher young girls into womanhood. For this reason, pregnant women should avoid taking Skullcap, as high dosages could cause a miscarriage. Those suffering from liver disease should also avoid Skullcap. Energetically, Skullcap is cooling and bitter, making it a good choice for those with heat excitable conditions. For example, if you are irritated in hot weather, have a Type A personality with anxiety, or become easily excited or angered, then Skullcap would make a great ally for you.
Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.