Hops (Humulus lupulus) are medicinal herbs that have been in use for a very long time and they are excellent beneficial remedy for certain ailments. They are really the flowers which are referred to as the female flowers and they are parts of the hop plant. Hop is also an ornamental plant because it can be used as decoration for homes and any other area that needs beautification.
The plant is native to Europe, Asia and North America an it can be termed a climbing herb because its name comes from the Anglo-Saxon hoppan which means to climb and so it is seen as a vine. It is from the Cannabaceae family and it is a perennial plant.
The medicinal properties are febrifuge, tonic, nervine, diuretic, anodyne, hypnotic, anthelmintic as well as sedative. The main parts used as herbal medicine are the flowers and this can be steamed and eaten as vegetable or salad in a culinary style. The flowers are not only referred to as female flowers, but they are also called strobiles as well as seed cones.
The common names are Humulus lupulus, English and European hop. The constituents include tannins, flavonoids, polyphenolic acids, valerianic acid, asparagine and vitamin B.
These medicinal herbs will tone up the liver, boost the flow of urine as well as bile, and they are also beneficial for extreme sexual desires as well as gonorrhea.
They are good choices for delirium tremens as well as excellent cure in support of toothache, earache, neuralgia, and other similar disorders. These herbs can also improve appetite.
How to get some sleep is a question asked by thousands everyday. However, it is said that a pillow filled with the warm dried flowers has been used to promote sleep. Herbal sleep formulas are found in most health and herbal store worldwide and Humulus lupulus is a part of it. These formulas can be found in tinctures, teas and capsules. For excellent herbal remedy, it is good to combine them with other medicinal herbs such as chamomile, valerian as well as passionflower. All these herbs are very effective to treat insomnia, so when they are combined, the benefits will surely be stronger.
Valerian is responsible for reducing activity in the central nervous system and it is well known by most people as the best herbal treatment for insomnia. They may even be consumed by themselves for the same result as combined medicinal herbs.
Leslie J. Kaslof, an Herbalist and author of "The Traditional Flower Remedies of Dr. Edward Bach" suggested that the flower remedy White Chestnut can also be effective in sleeplessness.
These climbing vine plants will relieve toothache and also earache, alleviate snoring and it will also ease anxiety. They are excellent in illnesses of the chest as well as the throat.
If used correctly they will generate good relaxation and sleep. Two or three cups should be taken hot.
These herbs are ingredients in the brewing of beer and other beverages because it provides an antibiotic effect that favors the activity of brewer's yeast over the less desirable microorganisms. Also, they were able to preserve the beer for longer periods.
If you are making your own beer at home then you would really want to put these herbs in it. They will bring out the sweetness with an equal counterbalance of bitterness while at the same time adding a special aroma to the finished product.
Put a tablespoon in a pint of water and simmer for ten minutes. Drink half pint morning time as well as evening.
For tincture combine one ounces of the dry herbs and eight ounces one hundred proof vodka. Cover and let it stand for two weeks, shaking it daily, then bottled and store hops tincture and used accordingly.