Plant family: Cannabaceae (Hemp family)
Part used: flower (strobile)
Taste: bitter, aromatic
Historical commentary: hops is best known as an ingredient in producing beer; it has long been used medicinally to calm the nerves and improve the appetite.
Sedative: for restlessness, anxiety, mood disturbances, and insomnia.
Digestive aid: improves appetite.
Modern findings: Hops is confirmed to have a sedative effect in laboratory animal and clinical evaluations; hops is usually combined with valerian for sedative effects.
Dosage: 0.5-1.5 grams; usually taken in doses of about 0.5 grams each time, which may be repeated as needed.
Active constituents: The bitter resins, called humulones, are the main active components; the volatile oil mainly contains monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.
Cautions: none known.
Künzle Formulas: Tea for Tension, Tea for Mood, Tea for Sleep.