The name Baikal or Chinese cap already suggests bright flowers, resistant species of Scutellaria baicalensis in Siberia, where the Baikal Mountains and Lake Baikal are also located. Their winter hardiness ranges from an impressive -23 ° C to -28 ° C. The Baikal cap has spread from Siberia to China.
In general, such plants are interesting candidates for medicine. In this case, a visually attractive plant from the genus Mint won a place among the 50 most important medicinal plants of traditional Chinese medicine TCM. “Huang Qin” is mentioned in writing almost 2000 years ago in the late Han dynasty.
The plant, especially its root, is used in TCM to treat “external and internal heat,” for example, in connection with diarrhea, bacterial dysentery, jaundice, fever, high blood pressure or inflammatory skin even cancer, and various viral diseases.
Recent research, among other things, establishes indications of possible use in hepatitis B, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases, or indications that certain ingredients of the plant can also protect skin cells from the signs of aging.
Baikal cap extract has exciting properties for cosmetic use. The antimicrobial effect (against bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections) has been documented. Contained flavonoids, including baicalin and wogonin, have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and soothing properties.
Chinese Scutellaria baicalensis extract, with its antimicrobial, antioxidant, lightening, and cellular active properties, are very suitable for mature, dry, and inflamed skin. It has a soothing effect and improves skin firmness and elasticity, contributing to a younger, fresh complexion.