Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) is often incorrectly confused with American skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) despite them being two distinct plant species. While they do share a common genus, Scutellaria, they have differences in their botanical characteristics, traditional uses, and active compounds. We are happy to add this beautiful medicinal plant of significant historical importance to our wellbeing lineup. Chinese skullcap is native to China where it is known as "Huang Qin" and is characterized by its purplish blue flowers and is known for its root, which is the primary part used in traditional medicine as both an alterative and nervine.
The root contains bioactive compounds such as baicalin and baicalein, which are believed to contribute to its medicinal properties. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Chinese skullcap has been used for its potential anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties. It is often used to support liver health and address conditions associated with heat and inflammation.
Here are some common ways to use our Chinese skullcap:
One of the most common methods is to prepare a tea infusion using Chinese skullcap root. Add 1-2 teaspoons of dried Chinese skullcap root to a cup of hot water.
Allow it to steep for about 10-15 minutes. Strain the tea and sweeten it with natural sweetener of choice or flavor with lemon juice.
Chinese skullcap may be used topically in creams, salves, or ointments.
These topical applications may be applied to the skin for conditions such as inflammation or skin irritations.
Disclaimer: Information shared on this site is for educational purposes. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment or advice. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. Although we do our best to provide accurate and useful information, you are responsible to research and verify information before relying on it. We are medicinal plant and herbs farmers, herbalists, and tea blenders. We are not licensed or registered healthcare practitioners. We are also believers in the safety and efficacy of botanical medicine.
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