Botanist's Glossary

Skull cap - Scutellaria baicalensis

  • Description
    • This subshrub (Lamiaceae family) with clusters of pretty purple flowers, grows in Eastern Siberia, Mongolia, Northern China and Korea. These days it is cultivated for its medicinal value and as an ornamental plant.
  • Traditions
    • Baikal skullcap is one of the most important plant remedies in traditional Chinese medicine. It is of particular interest in modern research, particularly as a substance that helps to combat resistance to antibiotics, and also for its anti-allergic and antioxidant properties.
  • Properties
    • L’OCCITANE uses skullcap root extract for its skin-lightening properties. As an inhibitor of tyrosinase (an enzyme that produces the dark pigment melanin) it helps to brighten the skin and diminish blemishes.