Deep Dive Into Skullcap
If you have ever wanted a soothing herb that can help your body find homeostasis again, look no further than the mint’s amazing cousin skullcap.Skullcap, also known as Scutellaria lateriflora, is an ancient relaxing remedy that is still going strong.
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Reduces Anxiety and Stress
Although skullcap is traditionally taken as a warm tea before bed, it has also been studied in labs as extracts. This concentrated form allowed scientists to see its full range of helpful anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties. Phytomedicine published a 2016 study that showed a significant shift in the moods and mental health of folks with anxiety after just 2 weeks.
Skullcap is famous for its nervine relaxant status. It’s one of the safest sleepytime herbs. Gets you into your REM cycle quickly and safely! A 2018 study published in the journal Sleep Medicine found that skullcap positively affected not just the longevity of sleep, but the quality of rest. The study found that participants who took skullcap supplements for two weeks consistently experienced a better night’s sleep and increased daytime alertness.
Many common but serious ailments can be traced back to improper inflammation in the body. Although the inflammatory system helps protect us as our first line of defense, if you stay in an inflamed state for too long you can experience: sleep issues, digestive problems, and more serious illness. Thankfully, skullcap contains compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties.
A 2019 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food also found that skullcap had anti-inflammatory effects in humans. The study found that participants who took skullcap supplements for four weeks experienced a significant reduction in inflammation markers compared to the placebo group.
Neuroprotective & Anti-Cancer
Among its many symptomatically healing constituents, Skullcap proactively protects your body as well. As a strong antioxidant, Skullcap fights against the free radicals and toxins that can cause serious damage to your cells and cause cancer.
In 2016 Neuroscience Letters published a study that found that skullcap extract protected neurons in the brain from oxidative stress that can lead to intense issues like strokes. But not only that! It helps to rebuild tissue that has already been damaged.
A 2014 study published by BioMed Research International found that skullcap extract inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells and actively killed off existing cancerous cells. Later, in 2019, it showed the same effects on colon cancer cells.
All in all, this safe, easily accessible herb may be helpful to you if you have a history of cancer in your family, have suffered a serious medical emergency, or simply have trouble sleeping.
As with any supplement, it is vitally important that you discuss introducing Skullcap to your routine with your healthcare team. But once you do! You can find some amazing supplements in our shop.
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