Hops Flowers Whole, Organic, 1/2 lb.(HFW-2)
Hops are the flowers of the hops plant of which there are male and female plants, with only the female flower cones being harvested for use. Hops is used medicinally for its soothing qualities.
The beneficial properties in Hops Flowers may help to aid the body in supporting rest, sleep, stress management, liver function, and naturally healthy digestion.
Common Name: Hops
Excerpts from Practical Herbalism
Consult a doctor if on any type of anxiety medicine.
“…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.
Contains 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.
Nervine Tincture Recipe
A great combination of herbs to help you relax and unwind at the end of a long day.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
- 1/2 cup Alfalfa
- 1/4 cup Chamomile
- 1/4 cup Peppermint
- 1/4 cup Passionflower
- 1/4 cup Catnip
- 1/4 cup Oatstraw
- 1 tablespoon Hops
- 1 tablespoon Valerian
HOW TO MAKE IT...
Mix all the dried herbs and place in a clean quart jar, then pour 2/3 cup of boiling water over them. Allow to soak for a few minutes. Fill the jar to within 1/2 inch of the top with Glycerine and put a cap on the jar. Place jar in a crock-pot full of water and turn it on low. I keep it “cooking” (not boiling) for 3 days, stirring once everyday. The glycerine will turn golden brown and have a strong plant smell. On the third day, strain the warm liquid through a cheese cloth and squeeze all the liquid out of the cooked herbs. The liquid is the tincture; the pulp can be discarded. Keep the tincture in a glass jar in a cool, dark place, and it will keep for months or even years. I fill small brown glass dropper bottles with my herbal tinctures and label them, including dates.