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Hops flowers - whole

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Excerpts from the book 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. It has been used to treat insomnia, painful urination, urinary tract infections, spastic colons and anxiety.

Excerpts from the book Practical Herbalism

Culpeper wrote: “…to open obstructions of the liver and spleen, to cleanse the blood, to loosen the belly, to cleanse the veins from gravel, and provoke urine. The decoction of the tops of Hops, as well of the tame as the wild, works the same effects. In cleansing the blood they help to cure the French diseases, and all manner of scabs, itch, and other breakings-out of the body; as also all tetters, ringworms, and spreading sores, the morphew and all discoloring of the skin. The decoction of the flowers and hops, do help to expel poison that anyone hath drank. A syrup made of the juice and sugar, cures the yellow jaundice, 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, and alike effectual in all the aforesaid diseases.”

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. Hops, as well as lupulin, are useful in delirium tremens to allay the morbid excitement and vigilance, while at the same time it exerts its stomachic effects. It is extremely efficient in dyspepsia where restlessness and a brooding disposition are prominent features. Fermentative dyspepsia, with consequent eructations, often yields to hops or lupulin. Externally, in the form of a fomentation alone, or combined with boneset or other bitter herbs, hops have proved beneficial in pneumonia, pleurisy, gastritis, enteritis; also as an application to painful swellings or tumors.”

Hops has and is being used in China primarily as a disinfectant to treat various forms of leprosy, tuberculosis, bacterial dysentery, and, most recently, antibiotic resistant staph infections.

Indicated Usages - Internal:

  • Alcohol withdrawal, delirium tremens
  • Anxiety, stress
  • Bladder irritability
  • Bronchitis
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Liver problems, jaundice
  • Neuralgia
  • Restless leg

Indicated Usages - External:

  • Earache, toothache
  • Inflammation
  • Rheumatism
  • Wounds, ulcers, suppurations

Excerpts from the book The How to Herb Book

  • Best known as a relaxing nerve tonic. Problems of insomnia (sleeplessness) have been helped by hops when nothing else has.
  • Promotes sleep; making a soothing sleep formula when combined with Valerian and skullcap.
  • Relaxes the liver and gall ducts.
  • Increases the flow of bile and urine, and bowel function.
  • Increases capillary circulation and heart action.
  • Decreases desire for alcohol.
  • Reduces high fevers.
  • Reduces pain and inflammation.

Has been used in the following:

  • Fever
  • Insomnia-sleep
  • Nerves

Tid Bits You'll Want to Know:

Uses: Hops makes for a bitter tea. For that reason, we use it most often in tincture combinations pertaining to problems sleeping, stress, anxiety, and stomach and liver problems. Like many other bulk herbs, we add it to many dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts for added nutrition and fiber without affecting the flavor. Hops can be used to benefit men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing) and children. It can be used as often as you would like.

Storage: It should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.

Questions?: Check out Frequently Asked Questions.

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  1. hops tincturing

    Posted by amy j on 25th Oct 2013

    I was delighted to receive such a generous amount of hops in the mail today. I right away made a good amount of tincture and looking forward to using it for amy nervous stomache which I have had since childhood, and some insomnia issues due to menopause. They look beautiful and have enough to share with friends who are going to make blends out of them too.

  2. Hops for horses

    Posted by Lisa Hauri on 11th Oct 2013

    We have 2 horses and we trim their feet ourselves. Giving them each a couple handfuls of hops (mixed in wheat bran and some other herbs from this site) about half an hour before we trim and they will just stand there for hours. Makes the chore a little bit easier. We also give our horses Chaste Tree berries - I left feedback there as well.

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