Herbs for Healthy Living

Hops, sleep problems, Anxiety, Insomnia, Nervous tension, Stress

Also known as:

Humulus lupulus

Uses:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mild anxiety & stress
  • Nervous tension

Description:

Hops are derived from the hop plant, Humulus lupus, a climber often found in swamps and damp hedges. It is extremely well-known as an ingredient in beer and most hops are now obtained from cultivated plants. Technically, hops refer to the cone-like fruit (known as strobiles) of the hops plant. In beer, it imparts a bitterness to the beverage and it has been used for this purpose since the 8th or 9th century in Bavaria and other parts of Europe.

What does it do?:

Hops contains a large number of plant substances including volatile oils (1 to 3%), a resin containing the bitter principles humulone and lupulinic acid. Its history of uses as a herbal remedy is probably not as long as its role in beer making. As a medicine, hops have been used traditionally for mild anxiety and is considered to be particularly helpful with sleep problems.

Other information:

Dormeasan from A. Vogel contains extracts of freshly harvested Valerian root and hops.

Ref: 1762JT