Skullcap is typical of humid areas, for example it is very frequent on the banks of a river. This close relative of mint can grow up to a meter in height.
There are two variants. On the one hand, the Scutellaria Galericulata and, on the other, its American variant. The two variants have the same therapeutic properties.
- Keeps the nervous system in tune. All cultures that have known this plant have agreed on the use of skullcap as a natural relaxant. And it is that its natural compounds are powerful natural relaxants. Ideal for stressful situations.
- Allergies The active ingredients in skullcap are flavonoids, which inhibit the release of histamine and the production of leukotrienes (inflammatory chemicals that trigger pain). It also contains antioxidant substances that neutralize the toxic effects of free radicals.
- Headaches and insomnia. It is a natural medicine to relieve severe headaches or sleep problems. Its natural properties attribute it capabilities as an analgesic or pain reliever. It also acts as a mild sedative. In this sense, its properties are similar to those of the valerian root.
- Circulatory problems Flavonoids are a great help for your circulatory system and, by extension, to avoid future cardiovascular problems.
- Anti-inflammatory. Another compound, baicalin, is responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties due to its similar characteristics to willow bark (from which common aspirin is made).
- Diabetes. There are many studies that have shown the benefits that skullcap can bring in glucose control.
- Ally of your beauty. The extract of this plant fights the appearance of spots and discoloration, achieving a uniform and luminous skin. In addition, it can be an ally for your hair, since it provides strength and vigor.
How to use it
Infusion: It is one of the most common ways to consume skullcap. Prepare an infusion with 4 teaspoons of this plant (dried herb) for a little less than a glass of water. You can take it in more nervous seasons, although do not abuse it, as it can cause confusion.
As a tonic it is ideal to benefit from all its properties for your hair and skin. Clean your pores, hydrate hair and prevent brittle ends. It is also ideal for improving dandruff and seborrhea problems.
It is a great remedy for the classic bruises or bruises. It fulfills almost the same function as arnica, and using them together brings you much more benefits. You can use it as a poultice or infusion.
Capsules: To relieve the dreaded spring allergies. You can find them in all kinds of herbalists and stores that sell natural products. Try to find it as natural as possible in order to enjoy all its benefits.