Hops

Product Overview

Hops were used in herbal medicine long before their use in fermented barley drinks that we know as beer. The Germans added hops to beer in about the 9th Century AD and by the 14th Century, when brewers had learned of hop’s preservative powers, most of Europe was doing it, replacing other herbs such as Marjoram and Yarrow and flavour enhancers. Some, including Henry VIII, felt the herb was dangerous to add to beer so he made it illegal and it wasn’t until 1552 that it was welcomed back.

Latin name: Humulus Iupulus
Amount: 50-100g
Type: Organic, Dried Flowers

£4.75£7.95

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What is it used for?

  • When hop production increased for beer brewing, harvesters noticed that they tired easily and the women’s periods came on early, which gave hops a reputation as a sedative and as an aid to menstruation
  • Hops contain a sedative chemical called 2-methly-3-buten-2-ol, which is more concentrated in dried, older hops
  • Hops may be used to relax the digestive tract

How to prepare

To enjoy as an infusion, steep two teaspoons of hops in hot water for up to five minutes. To help get to sleep use older dried hops but for digestive use, its believed that fresh hops are more effective

Cautions

  • Do not give to any child under two years old
  • Do not use while pregnant or nursing
  • For over 65s, use low levels, infrequently

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Latin Name

Humulus Iupulus

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