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Skullcap: Why This Hooded Herb Deserves Your Attention

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  • The name “skullcap” comes from the cap-like appearance of the outer whorl of the plant’s blue or purple flowers
  • Studies showed that American skullcap has antioxidant properties that may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression
  • Keep reading this page to learn about American and Chinese skullcap, and see how using these two herbs may positively impact your health

Upon hearing the word “skullcap,” some people remember the hat that the pope of the Catholic church wears during public appearances. However, skullcap can also refer to two herbs: American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) and Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis).

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