Hops (Humulus Lupulus)
Also known as Hops, the Humulus lupulus is a native of the Netherlands. The medicinal use of this herb has been found in records dating from the Roman Empire.
It is particularly recognized for its sedative, nervine, galactagogue, diuretic, butter, anti-cancer, anodyne, and analgesic properties. While the fresh Humulus lupulus is a source of bitters, that aid digestion, the aged plant is best used as a sedative.
Traditional medicine use hops as a treatment for bladder infections, insomnia, and irritable bladder as well as for sprains/ bruises, earache, back pain, and as a replacement of female hormones. It is effective in improving appetite and eliminating nervous irritation.
Combined with chamomile or poppy it becomes an excellent remedy for painful joints, bruises, rheumatic pain, and boils.
It is also found very effective in treating anxiety disorders, which include nervousness, depression, and sleeplessness. A pillow full of the hop is believed to be a traditional remedy for nervousness, earache, and toothache.
It is important to note that Humulus lupulus is a rich source of prenylnaringenin or plant estrogen. Hence, it is contraindicated for use of pre-puberty children (both boys and girls).
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!