Skullcap's leaves, collected in late spring and early summer when the small plant is in flower, and minuscule flowers can help calm -- if taken correctly. The following information offers skullcap preparation ideas.
Skullcap Preparations and Dosage
Skullcap leaves and tiny flowers are dried for teas, tinctured, or powdered and encapsulated.
Tea: For severe anxiety, drink 3 to 6 cups a day for a day or two, reducing thereafter to 2 to 3 cups per day as needed. For less severe cases and long-term use, drink 1 to 3 cups a day. Prepare teas by infusing 1 tablespoon of skullcap in a cup of hot water for 15 minutes.
Tincture: Take 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of tincture, two to four times a day, depending on your response. Start with the low dose and increase as needed.
Capsules: Take 2 capsules, two to four times a day, as needed.
Skullcap Precautions and Warnings
Side Effects of Skullcap
Rarely, cases of stomach cramping and diarrhea have been reported. There have also been rare reports of skullcap causing hepatitis, but many of these cases may have resulted from mistaken use of germander, a plant that resembles skullcap.
Side effects aside, skullcap can help reduce anxiety for those experiencing stress. With a fairly limited amount of side effects and suggested precautions, it may be worth a try.
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