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Hops – Herbal Remedy

Hops Herbal Remedy
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Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Hop farmers noticed two things happened to their pickers: They would get really tired, and the women would start their menstruation early.  

Traditionally, this herb was used to treat sexual neuroses, as well as sores and skin injuries. 

Description and the places it grows in

A native British plant found in most countries of the northern temperate zone. Native to Europe, Asia, and North America.

Parts used

The fruiting bodies, or strobiles.


Tonic, nervine, diuretic, anodyne, aromatic. 

Insomnia: The volatile oil has a sedative and soporific effect, which is why the workers would get tired. Take 1 teaspoon of hops and steep in boiling water for 10 minutes, and then drink the infusion if you suffer with insomnia. Alternatively, years ago people used to make up little bags filled with hops that were then sprinkled with alcohol and laid next to the pillow at night.  

Swelling and bruising: An external application in the form of a poultice combined with chamomile was used to treat these two conditions.

Other uses: Blood cleanser


The bitter principles are stomachic and tonic.  


Must not be given to those who are suffering depression or have impaired sexual energy.

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