A little more information: Skullcap’s genus name, Scutellaria, comes from the Latin scutella meaning a small dish or tray, referring to the appearance of the sepals during the plants fruiting period. The species name, lateriflora, means “flowering on the side,” which is how the flowers appear on the one-sided racemes. Skullcap’s common name comes from the helmet-like shape of the flowers.3
Traditionally, the leaves of this herb were steeped to produce a tea or tonic.
The Cherokee and other North America tribes traditionally steeped the leaves of this herb to produce a tea or tonic. They would then use this to promote menstruation. Among that skullcap was employed in the ceremonial transition of young girls to womanhood. The Cherokee also used infusions and decoctions of skullcap roots for the treatment of diarrhoea and kidney issues. Skullcap has been used as part of North American folk medicine for as a relaxant, nerve tonic, or “nervine,” as well as being a remedy for anxiety.