What are the health benefits of skullcap?

June 20, 2019

What are the health benefits of skullcap? Skullcap (Mad Dog), is a slender plant with many branches resembling two to four feet in height, and is native to several Asian countries, as well as Russia.  In the summer, small blue/pink flowers present themselves as a shape that resembles a helmet or cap, giving way to its name.  Skullcap is a member of the mint family, and the above/below ground parts of the plant have been known to be used for inflammation, trouble sleeping, anxiety, and stroke.  Skullcap is not to be confused with the death caps, which is a highly poisonous mushroom.

TIDBIT: Skullcap has been used to combat insomnia, whenever blended with valerian root and passionflower.

TIDBIT: Some homeopaths have indicated it as a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • Cherokee & other Native Americans depended on it to maintain good health in the female reproductive system and promote menstruation.
  • Has been found to prevent rabies in humans and animals, hence the nickname “mad dog”
  • The Iroquois used it to keep the throat clear and healthy, and it was used to induce visions whenever smoked ceremonially. 
  • Has been used to treat bronchitis, hepatitis, diarrhea and tumors.
  • A folk remedy in Nepal for the common cold, cuts, and insect stings.
  • Skullcap has also been known to boost mood.

Skullcap should be avoided if you are pregnant or nursing.  Skullcap has also been known to lower blood sugar levels putting diabetics at risk of hypoglycemia.

Source: https://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/skullcap.aspx

Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/skullcap#downsides