Hops Flowers - Whole, Organic

Herbs: Hops Flowers - Whole

Common Name: Hops
Latin Name: Humulus lupulus
Origin: USA

Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

Consult a doctor if on any type of anxiety medicine.

Culpeper wrote:
“…to open obstructions of the liver and spleen, to cleanse the blood, to loosen the belly, to cleanse the reins from gravel, and provoke urine. The decoction of the tops of Hops, as well of the tame as the wild, works the same effects. A syrup made of the juice and sugar, eases the head-ache that comes of heat, and tempers the heat of the liver and stomach, and is profitably given in long and hot agues that rise in choler and blood. Both the wild and the manured are of one property."

The sedating aspect of the herb on the nervous system was not lost on early practitioners, either. Though hops were at first thought to engender melancholy, Ellingwood considered it specific for marked cases of nerve irritation and wakefulness where anxiety and worry are the cause. He recommended it for the following pathologies: hysteria, insomnia, acute local inflammations, facial neuralgia, delirium tremens, and sexual excitement. King’s went on to add: “They are principally used for their sedative or hypnotic action – producing sleep, removing restlessness, and abating pain, but which they often fail to accomplish. A pillow stuffed with hops has long been a popular remedy for procuring sleep.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Hops has been used as a calmative, nervine, stomachic, sedative and hypnotic. It has been considered especially useful in alleviating nervous stomach conditions and in helping produce sleep. It is also a diuretic and vermifuge. One of the most popular folk uses is in a “hops filled pillow” which, when used to replace a standard pillow, is said to produce non-narcotic sleep.

Hops has an overriding bitter taste due to the antibiotic bitter acids, humulone and lupulone. These irritating bitter acids, together with volatile oils, stimulate (primarily through irritation) the urinary tract and the lungs to purge themselves of toxins. This results in diuretic and expectorant effects. The oils also trigger the production of digestive fluids, aiding efficient digestion.

The sedative and antispasmodic properties of hops are apparently due to the various flavonoids present in the flowers of the plant.

Contain bitter compounds that have a sedative effect and relieve smooth muscle spasms, increase the flow of urine and are antiseptic. Hops is an excellent herbal source of niacin.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use Hops in tincture combinations pertaining to problems sleeping, stress, anxiety, and stomach and liver problems. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be made into powder and used in capsules. Because of its bitter taste, we don't normally use it in tea combinations.
  • Hops can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most herbs, Hops should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.

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