Skullcap (Scutellaria Baicalensis) is a member of the Lamiaceae/Labiatae family. The above ground parts of skullcap can be used medicinally. Skullcap contains flavonoids including scutellain, baicalin, wogonin, methoxyflavone, and catalpol. It also contains lignins, resins, tannins, and volatile oils. The constituents of skullcap bind the serotonin receptor 5-HT7. This may add to the potential sedative properties of skullcap. Skullcap is a remedy for nervous tension, insomnia, inflammation, spasms, and more. It is used as a nerve tonic.
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