Native to Britain and most of the temperate northern hemisphere, Hops are the seed cones (or strobiles — essentially the cone-shaped female flower clusters) of the Humulus lupulus species of herbaceous climbing plant, otherwise known as the Common Hop.
Perhaps best-known for being a flavouring and stabilizing agent in beer, Hops are also – though perhaps lesser – known for their medicinal qualities.
In herbal medicine, Hops have long been used to treat anxiety, nervousness, stress and insomnia, particularly in conjunction with valerian, which has a similar relaxing effect.
Indeed, in folk tradition a pillow stuffed with Hops was often used as a remedy for sleeplessness.
Other traditional uses of Hops include their application for the relief from symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes and also menopause.
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in Hops are also noted in herbal medicine.
To make a tea: Use 1-2 teaspoons of Earthfare Organic Hops to one cup of almost boiling water. Allow to brew for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
For further information on the properties and use of Hops we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.