There are two popular varieties of skullcap herb that are used to make skullcap tea and as a remedy for various conditions and illness. One of them is the Chinese skullcap or scutellaria baicalensis and the other is the American skullcap or scutellaria lateriflora. The Chinese make use of the roots of skullcap plant while the Americans use the top parts of the plants to make skullcap herbal tea.
The information on this page is about scutellaria lateriflora or also known as scullcap, blue skullcap, hoodwort, scute, mad weed and mad dog weed. Among the active constituents in skullcap herb are baicalin, chrysin glucuronide, essential oils, scutellarin and tannin. Skullcap leaves contain the highest amount of flavonoids.
To make skullcap tea, you can buy the cut and dried loose leaves. What you need to do is steep 1 teaspoon of the dried leaves in a cup of boiling water for 20 to 30 minutes. Skullcap root tea is available in tea bags. You can also use the liquid extract or skullcap tincture instead by adding several drops into a glass of warm water. Herbalists believe it is safe to mix skullcap with catnip, licorice, mullein, St John's wort and peppermint herbal extracts.
It's not advisable to drink more than 3 cups of skullcap herbal tea daily and continuously because it may reverse the effect. Some of the possible skullcap side effects are giddiness and confusion. Just take it when you think you really need it.