Hops are a medicinal plant, also known as Engatadeira, Pé-de-cock or Northern Vine, widely used to make beer, but which can also be used in the preparation of home remedies to treat sleep disorders, for example .
Its scientific name isHumulus Lupulus and can be purchased at health food stores and compounding pharmacies.
What is Hops for?
Hops are used to help treat agitation, anxiety and sleep disorders, and also act as an anti-spasmodic in case of menstrual cramps.
The properties of Hops include its calming, antispasmodic and sound action.
How to use Hops
The used parts of the hops are their cones, which are similar to flowers, to make beer or teas.
- Tea: Place 1 teaspoon of hops in a cup of boiling water and let it rest for approximately 10 minutes. Strain and drink before bed.
Side Effects of Hops
Side effects of hops include drowsiness and decreased libido when consumed in excess.
Against hop indications
Hops are contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as for patients with diabetes or cancer.