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Hops| Humulus lupulus

general characteristics

general characteristics

Common names include hops, common hops or European hops.

The common or European hop is a perennial climbing bine (often called a vine but unlike vines it has no clinging tendrils) in the Cannabaceae family and the Urticacales.order, so is loosely related to both cannabis and stinging nettle. It has large grapevine like leaves, strong twining hairy stems and produces masses of 'flowers' that mature in late Summer. The most medicinal parts of the hop plant are the flowers, often referred to as 'cones' or strobiles as they are botanically known.

Hops are dioecious, meaning there are both male and female plants. The female plant will produce the distinctive cones which we are most interested in. If there are any male hop plants around (unlikely but you never know) they will need to be removed and relocated or they will pollinate the female plants into  producing seeds, not the fluffy cones we need for beer or medicine.

Propogation of plants from an existing plant happens in spring, just as the new shoots begin to emerge above ground. Remove the soil to expose the main crown of root and look for an off shoots emerging, Cut these off the main root mass and plant in rich moist soil, kkeep well watered until they start to send green growing shoots up.


Organic dried Hops and tincture are available to buy in our herbal shop.


harvesting and preparation

harvesting and preparation

Robust green shoots energe from the ground in the Springtime. These shoots can be eaten whilst young, before the leaves start to unfurl and grow to look more leaf like, until around early to mid May. Experienced hop shoot eaters tend to treat them like asparagus, eating them steamed, chopped and added to meals as a green crisp vegetable. Some great recipes here  https://andhereweare.net/eating-hop-shoots 

Harvest the cones in late Summer or early Autumn when they are just starting to get brown tips on them and have a deep rich resinous smell when rolled around in the fingers. Here is a great video explaining the best time to harvest the cones.


Organic dried Hops and tincture are available to buy in our herbal shop.


therapeutic actions and uses

therapeutic actions and uses

 
Strong hypnotic for deep sleep , insomnia
 
Potent source of phyto-oestrogens
 
Relaxes smooth muscle so can help with relieving tension anywhere in the body but has a particular affinity for the digestive tract.
 
Bitter components for better digestion, increases appetite. Bitter helps to preserve beer and is antimicrobial.
 
Reduces inusulin resistance in type 2 diabetes, helps reduce blood sugar when too high.
 
Depressive in nature so observe closely for first signs of depression and stop use immidately.
 
Anxiety and restlessness
 
Hops increase thermogenesis in the body which speeds up fat metabolism, particularly belly fat.
 


 


dosage and cautions

dosage and cautions

* Be cautious using hops in any form if you are prone to depression. If you do find yourself feeling depressed when taking hops, stop immediately and your mood will bounce back in a day or two.

 * Do not use in conjunction with over the counter or prescription sedatives or medicines for insomnia.

Adult 

 

Tincture: 1 - 2 mls up to 3 times daily

Dried herb in tea form: half a teaspoon of dried hops per cup, infuse for 15 minutes. Take half an hour or so before bed for insomnia.

 

Children

Add 12 to the child’s age. Divide the child’s age by the total.
E.g. dosage for a 4 year old...... 4 {age} divided by 16 {age + 12} = . 25  or 1/4 of the adult dosage.
 
Child watering plants

 

 

 

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