Hops, Humulus lupulus, is commonly known for its use in making beer, to add flavor and preservation.
But it is so much more!
Hops is used often for helping with sleep. David Winston, a renowned herbalist, claims it works much better than Valerian, especially for those who have a lot of brain chatter and can’t fall asleep or stay asleep.
- a relaxing nervine and helps with tension, specifically used for muscle tension, including intestinal cramping and menstrual cramps.
- also helps to decrease stress and anxiety
- used as a sleep aid and a mild sedative to help with anxiety, restlessness and insomnia.
- its bitter taste makes it a digestive herb, helping with upper gastric digestive disorders, including loss of appetite, stagnant digestion, weak digestion, gas, and bloating.
- it has phytoestrogenic qualities that have been shown to benefit women with menopausal symptoms. In one study, 120 women in early stages of menopause were given either a hops extract or a placebo for 12 weeks. Those taking the hops extract had significantly fewer hot flashes than those taking the placebo.
This plant was grown in central Minnesota by Mighty Axe Hops.
NOTE: 1 oz bottle, comes with a dropper.
I use the folk method for making all my tinctures, which uses no measurements except sizing things up with your eyes. So I put the plant material in a jar and then fill with alcohol.
Tinctures are meant to be used as medicine in small amounts. Add 10-20 drops to your tea, juice, water or directly into your mouth when needed.
Dosages for children are not provided in most herbals. To determine the correct dose you need to consider the size of the child, the ailment, the power of the herb you intend to use, and the adult dosage.
Young’s Rule for determining dosage uses the child’s age divided by twelve plus the age. The dosage for a 4 year old:
4/12+4 = 4/16 = 1/4 of the adult dose.