Chinese Skullcap Herb Cut


Botanical Name: Scutellaria barbata   

 Common Name:

  • English:  Quaker Bonnet, Mad dog, Skullcap
  • Also, known as: Helmet Flower, Hoodwort, Quaker Bonnet, Skullcap, Huang Qin, Kappenhelmkraut, Scutellaire, Craneo gorra, Scutellaria maggiore, Huang-ch’in, Blue Skull Cap, Blue Pimpernel, Hood-Wort, Mad-Dog Weed, Side Flower, Skull Cap Helmet Flower, American Skull Cap,  Ban Zhi Lian, 半枝莲, pinyin bànzhīlián, Chinese skullcap, Chinese Scullcap, 

Origin: China

Harvested: Wild

Parts Used: Herb                                                              

General Information:

Scutellaria barbata, the barbed skullcap. It is a species of flowering plant in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to Asia. It is a perennial herb generally reaching up to 35 centimeters tall, sometimes taller. The lightly toothed leaves are somewhat lance-shaped or triangular and up to about 3 centimeters long. The flowers are borne on pedicels that have tiny, sharp bracteoles. For centuries, medicinal plants and natural herbs have been used as remedies for a variety of ailments. In China, barbed skullcap, also known as Scutellaria barbata. The purple-blue, lightly hairy flower corolla is roughly a centimeter long. The plant grows in moist and wet habitat, such as paddy fields. As an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine, it is known as Ban Zhi Lian (Chinese: 半枝莲; pinyin: bànzhīlián).

How to use:

Hot Infusion:

The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
  • You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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