Hops

We recommend:

Nature’s Sunshine Hops and Valerian with Passionflower

(Humulus lupulus)

The hops plant, Humulus lupulus, is a climbing plant native to Europe, Asia, and North America. Hops are the cone-like, fruiting bodies (strobiles) of the plant and are typically harvested from cultivated female plants. Hops are most commonly used as a flavouring agent in beer.

Soothing the stomach and promoting healthy digestion have been the strongest historical use of this herb. Hops tea was also recommended by herbalists as a mild sedative and remedy for insomnia, particularly for those with insomnia resulting from an upset stomach A pillow filled with hops was sometimes used to encourage sleep. Traditionally, hops were also thought by herbalists to have a diuretic effect and to treat sexual neuroses. A poultice of hops was used topically to treat sores and skin injuries and to relieve muscle spasms and nerve pain.

What it does

Hops contain bitters, phtyo-oestrogens, volatile oils and resin. the bitters, humulone and lupulone have a stimulating actions on the appetite and digestive system. The oils have a sedative and nerve soothing action. Hops are also said to be mildly diuretic, anti-spasmodice and have aphrodisiac properties.

Potential Uses

Anxiety Depression Insomnia
IBS Mastitis Panic Attacks
Post traumatic stress disorder

Other information

Hops combine well with valerian and passion flower. It is also used by herbalists as a poultice for skin problems.

Cautions

Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using Hops.

Hops has an antidepressant action and should not be taken if you are already taking anti-depressant medication.

Hops has sedative action and should not be taken if you are already taking anti-psychotic medication, tranquillisers or anti-convulsants.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with Hops.

 

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