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Hops Humulus lupulus


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Hops Humulus lupulus

                  Hops is the common name for the flowering tops of the female Humulus lupulus plant. Aside from its use in the production of beer, it also has a history in herbal medicine. This species has anti-bacterial properties, anti-anxiety properties, relieves restlessness and is beneficial for insomnia. It's ideal for use in dream infusions and other Shamanic brews.




Hops is also being researched for hormone replacement therapy, and relieving symptoms of menstruation. The herb has also been used as an aphrodisiac for men. Aphrodisiacs are drugs, plants, or medicines that act as sexual stimulants, or enhance sexual pleasure and stamina. In ancient times it was also utilized as a pain reliever.



Phytochemistry Science



                  Plants have been used as medicine for centuries, with great success too. Many people wonder how a plant could possibly work as a medicine, and find the concept of natural medicine to be nothing more absurd. What these individuals don't know is that plants do produce compounds with pharmacological value, and this has been well known and documented for a long time now. Even Aspirin come from a plant, specifically the bark of the White Willow tree.


Dimethylvinyl carbinol is the name of a chemical produced by hops that is believed to be responsible for its sedative qualities. Other constituents produced by the plant are humulone, isohumulone, humulene, natural phenols such as xanthohumol, isoxanthohumol, and an estrogenic phytoestrogen known as 8-prenylnaringenin. It contains asparagin, a chemical with diuretic qualities. Finally, lupulone; lupulin, are two other constituents found in the herb with a mild sedative/hypnotic effect.


Believe it or not, Hops is a relative of Marijuana.


Note: Certain phytochemicals produced by plants are soluble in water, while others are soluble in alcohol. High proof everclear proves effective in dissolving the both water and alcohol soluble constituents. Tinctures and elixirs are the way to go.



Tinctures



                  A tincture is made using alcohol, and plant material. Tinctures have a very long shelf life because they are not as prone to mold. Start by filling a glass jar about half way full of your buds, and then pour twice as much alcohol as plant material over your herb. Allow this mixture to soak from 4-6 weeks in a cool, dark place. Be sure to wipe any excess moisture away from the top of the jar to prevent contamination. Use a high proof liquor like everclear.



Sun Teas And Essential Oils


                  The essential oils can be extracted by steam distillation. Freshly harvested organic material is always better for oil production, and yields a much higher percentage of quality oils. Oils can also be separated by mixing the Hops material with water and placing in the sun for an extended period of time. Oil and water don't mix, so you'll find the oil floating to the top of the mixture.


A sun tea is typically more beneficial than the classic method of boiling water and adding to a cup of tea. Heat often times can be destructive to the chemical constituents of herbal remedies, making a stove top tea less effective than a sun-tea. On the other hand, certain constituents may be damaged by exposure to light. The best method for collecting all beneficial constituents is to create a tincture and a sun tea, and recombine the two or use them both separately.



Hops Scientific Name: Humulus lupulus

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