First, it's Scutellaria. Second, they haven't defined WHICH Scutellaria species, and they are seriously conflating two of them, at least in terms of effects!Scuttellaria (Skullcap) – Antiviral. A herb used as a tea. It has no side effects and is also a mild tranquilliser. Research suggests neuraminidase, which is a substance needed by the H5N1 virus to reproduce, may be inhibited.
This is something I've seen firsthand... all too often. A severe E.coli infection causes overwhelming damage inside the body, often within hours of infection. In calves, it wasn't uncommon to find them dead in the morning when they'd eaten just fine the night before, or when the night before they'd been slightly picky about drinking their milk, but showed nothing else to the casual eye. If you checked their temperature, it often was sky high (106° or even higher). Once they actually started breaking with the characteristic diarrhea, it was almost always far too late to save them.Indendritic cells, the gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli upregulates proinflammatory cytokines,
I prefer 80 or 100 proof vodka for tincturing skullcap, of either variety. Both are known to work in tea form, so at least some of the actives are soluble in water. Most herbs are better tincture in 100 proof (50 %) alcohol, 50% water.Summerthyme, thank you. So much info I can use in one post.
A couple of questions - are you doing skullcap (both of them) with golden grain/everclear? What proportions? Would you do star anise as a separate antiviral tincture or add it to the Baikal skullcap?
And what would be a good alternative that I could grow for resveratrol? Japanese knotweed does not seem like a good option here. .
Thank you. I've got grapes growing so, if ever need be, I can use those. They were the first thing I thought of but I wasn't sure if something else, beside knotweed, had been found to be a better source.I prefer 80 or 100 proof vodka for tincturing skills, of either variety. Both are known to work in tea form, so at least some of the actives are soluble in water. Most herbs are better tincture in 100 proof (50 %) alcohol, 50% water.
Resveratrol is in the skins of dark red/purple grapes, hence the concentrations in pinot noir wine.
But truthfully, there is no other plant that comes close to Japanese knotweed in terms of resveratrol content, and most of it is in the form of trans-resveratrol, which is the form necessary for absorption in the body. JK may have as much as 6% by dry weight of resveratrol and related stillness by weight in the dry root!
Yes it can be very invasive, and it's almost certainly illegal to plant anywhere, but I just made note of several thriving roadside stands (more buggy than car traffic on these roads, so I'm not worried about pollution) and I go out in the fall and div a bunch of roots every year.
Oh, and this is one exception to using 100 proof vodka... I use either "Devil's Springs" 160 proof vodka, or I dilute grain alcohol to 80% alcohol.