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Related to blue skullcap: Scutellaria lateriflora, mad dog skullcap, Virginian skullcap

cal·var·i·a

, pl.

cal·var·i·ae

(kal-vā'rē-ă, -vā'rē-ē), [TA] Avoid the incorrect form calvarium.
The upper domelike portion of the skull.
Synonym(s): roof of skull, skullcap
[L. a skull]

skullcap

an herb that is native to temperate regions of North America.
uses It has been used as folk medicine to treat convulsions, hysteria, and nervous tension and is a common component of remedies for premenstrual syndrome and other female problems. There is insufficient reliable evidence regarding its effectiveness.
contraindications Skullcap should not be used during pregnancy and lactation, in children, or in those with known hypersensitivity to this plant.

skullcap

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that contains flavonoids, glucosides (scutellarein), bitter principles, iridoids, tannins and volatile oil; it is antispasmodic, digestive, sedative and a nerve tonic, and has been used for anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome exacerbated by stress, and withdrawal from substance abuse. It was formerly used for rabies and seizures.
 
Toxicity
Skullcap should not be used when driving or when operating heavy machinery, as it causes drowsiness; in excess, skullcap may cause convulsions.

cal·var·i·a

, pl. calvariae (kal-var'ē-ă, -ē) [TA]
The upper domelike portion of the skull.
Synonym(s): skullcap.
[L. a skull]

skullcap,

n Latin names:
Scutellaria laterifolia, Scutellaria baicalensis; parts used: leaves, roots; uses: anti-inflammatory, sleep disorders, seizure disorders, spastic disorders, high cholesterol; possible uses as antiviral, anticancer (lung cancer), strokes, embolism; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients on immunosuppressant medications; may cause hepatotoxicity. Also called
blue pimpernel, helmet flower, hoodwort, huang-qin, mad-dog weed, madweed, Quaker bonnet, or
scullcap.