Formal Name: Scutellaria lateriflora
Supplement Forms: Leaves, liquids

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Skullcap received its unique name because of the shape of the herb, similar in appearance to a helmet with a raised visor. The herb was originally used medicinally by Native Americans as a diuretic. In the 1700s, it was believed that skullcap could treat rabies, though this was later disproved. In the 1800s, it was sometimes prescribed to treat nervous disorders and subdue sexual desires.

Bodily Functions Skullcap Assists

Skullcap, an herb grown mainly in eastern North America, is primarily used as a sleeping aide. In addition, the herb increases blood flow to the brain and alleviates muscle spasms.

Foods High in Skullcap

Skullcap is not normally used as a flavoring ingredient in food. Rather, it can be found in pill form as a dietary supplement, or brewed as an herbal tea.

Ailment That Skullcap Eliminates:
  • Treats insomnia
  • Increases blood flow to the brain, preventing stroke
  • May reduce high blood pressure
  • Alleviates muscle spasms
  • May provide antioxidants
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Pregnant women should avoid skullcap
  • People taking sedatives or tranquilizers should not eat skullcap
  • Excessive doses of skullcap could cause hyperactivity, confusion, and seizures