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Hops

(Humulus lupulus)

Parts Used: Flower inflorescence – fresh or dried strobles

Main Actions:

  • Sedative (induces feelings of peacefulness, calmness, tranquility)
  • Hypnotic (sleep inducing)
  • Antispasmodic
  • Aromatic Bitter
  • Astringent
  • Antiseptic

Active Constituents:

Bitter principles (lupulin containing  humulon, lupulon and valerianci acid), volatile oil, flavonois, polyphenolic tannins, oestrogenic substances, asparagin.

Can be combined with Valerian and Passionflower for its sedative properties.

Contraindications:  Do not use hops preparations in depressive illnesses.  It should be avoided as it may exacerbate the condition.  Excessive doses over a prolonged period of time may produce dizziness and intoxication which may disturb the ability to concentrate.