Hops

Latin:   Humulus lupus

Family:  Cannibinaceae

Parts Used:  Strobiles

Taste/Energetics:  Cooling, drying, bitter

Properties:  Sedative, carminative, antispasmodic, analgesic

Actions: Hops is a wonderful herb for those who tend to easily become restless, hot, uptight with muscle spasms, have insomnia, occasional flashes of anger and and have pain due to rigidity.  Hops is one of the most commonly used herbs as it is one of the main ingredients in beer.    The bitter flavor is helpful for digestive problems related to anxiety.  It is a stronger relaxant herb that should be primarily used at night time.

As a key ingredient in beer, hops is actually one of our most consumed “herbs for mental health.”

Dosage:   Often in tincture 2-4 ML generally at night for anxiety, insomnia.  1-2 tsp infused in cup of hot water for 10 mins.

Contraindications:  Avoid taking with sedative medications.