When most people hear the word ‘Hops’ what first comes to mind is beer..and maybe bunny rabbits. But what many don’t know is that the Hops Flower is a highly medicinal herb that can bring great healing to a person’s life when taken therapeutically. Lets look a little deeper into all the amazing qualities of Hops!
For centuries herbalists and healers have used Hops as a remedy for insomnia or restlessness. Considering Hop’s is in the same family as marijuana it comes as no surprise that it is used as a sedative. Not only does it ease anxiety and help with insomnia, Hops are known to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and a powerful pain reliever.
What is hops taken for?
- insomnia and other sleep problems
- stress and tension
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- digestive problems, such as stomach infections, diarrhea, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, ulcerative colitis and and Crohn’s disease
- aches and pains
- muscle tension and spasms
- fluid retention
- kidney and bladder infections
- high cholesterol
- starting the flow of breast milk
So although Hops are most often taken for its abilities to help create feelings of relaxation and promote sleep (often with no unwanted side effects,) it is also balancing the body in many other ways when taken medicinally.
Even if you are someone who doesn’t necessarily suffer from chronic insomnia, having hops in your herbal medicine cabinet is great for times of high anxiety, stress, or the occasional restless night. These days there can be a lot of stress in our lives and having a natural herbal remedy to turn to is such a wonderful alternative to the some of the toxic and often dangerous and addictive prescriptions drugs, “happy pills,” and pain killers out there. If you are someone who takes prescription medication, it’s always a wise move to speak to your doctor about using any herbs.
Our Botanicals is very excited to be carrying a wonderful new Hops formula. We have heard too many stories of high stress and sleeplessness making health challenges even worse. Getting rest while on a detox journey is so crucial and sometimes can make all the difference on our healing path.