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Hops are in the Cannabaceae family, the same family as cannabis and hemp.

Most people think of beer when hops are mentioned however this herb has a long history of medicinal uses.  Hop tea or infusion is high in antioxidants, hops they are phytoestrogen, antiviral, anticarcinogenic and antimicrobial

Medicinal Uses of Hops

So what are the medicinal benefits of hops:

Probably the best medicinal use for hops is as a sleep aid. It is a relaxing sedative herb and is particularly effective when valerian or chamomile 

Hops can assist with stress and anxiety reduction

Hops help to ease and stimulate the digestive system

Hops are also a powerful immune system booster, they have antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antibiotic properties

Hops are high in anti-oxidants making them excellent for the skin and hair, they also have anti-inflammatory benefits, so are useful for calming rashes or inflamed skin

Hops have historically been used for women’s menstrual problems and also for women who are in menopause due to the high level of phytoestrogens they contain. They are effective at reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome by reducing irritability and soothing cramps.

For menopausal women hops help to naturally regulate hormones, ease hot flashes, and calm nerves.

Directions for Use:

Infuse hops leaves in boiling water for a few minutes, the more you use the stronger and more bitter it will be.  Try adding the chamomile or peppermint leaves to help with flavour