Hops

 

HUMULUS LUPULUS

COMMON NAME : Hops

FAMILY :        Cannabaceae (Hemp family)


HABITAT / GROWING :

Perennial climber. Native to Europe.


PARTS USED :  the flowers (strobiles).


TRADITIONAL & MODERN USE:

Used for brewing in Europe since the 11th century. Used historically to soothe the stomach and promote healthy digestion. Sedative and remedy for insomnia. Used in hop pillows. A poultice of hops was used topically to treat sores, skin injuries and relieve muscle spasms and nerve pain.


Modern use – Hops has an affinity for the nervous system, urinary tract and digestive tract. Its sedative properties are are used to treat insomnia due to excitability, hysteria and mania.  Its antispasmodic action is used in treating colic, diverticulitis, irritable bowel, ulcers and indigestion. It is particularly useful for stress-related digestive problems. Also used to treat restless legs.

Hops harmonises menstruation and has an oestrogen-like action. It is cooling and used to treat excitability, restlessness and sexual overstimulation.


CONSTITUENTS:

·        Main constituent is the bitter resin complex, lupulin, which contains valerianic acid, humulone and

         lupulone.

·        Asparagin.


Asparagin is diuretic and valerianic acid is sedative.