Family Name: Labiatae
Botanical Name(s): Scutellaria Laterifolia
Popular Name(s): Scullcap, Hoodwort, Quaker Bonnet, Helmet
Flower, European Skullcap, Greater Skullcap,
Parts Used: Aerial Plant
Habitat: Skullcap is native to North America, but is now widely
cultivated in Europe and other areas of the world.
Description: Scutellaria lateriflora is one species of skullcap
that is used in herbal preparations. The plant derives its name from the
cap like appearance of the outer whorl of its small blue flowers.
Skullcap is a slender, heavily branched plant that grows to a height of
two to four feet and blooms each July.
Uses: It has bee used in the treatment of muscle spasms, calming
of the nerves. It has also been used to treat symptoms associated with
tension, headache, anorexia nervosa, anxiety, fibromyalgia, restless leg
syndrome and other causes of insomnia.