Hops tea is known in traditional medicine as being effective in aiding sleep and in reducing the libido.
The hop plant is a climbing herbaceous perennial plant that usually grows up strings in a field called a hopfield, hop yard or a hop garden. Hops have a female flower and it is the green cones around the female flower that is of most interest to commercial and medical interests.
Inside the hops are golden grains that form a sticky greenish yellow powder. These have been used for centuries to give flavor to beer. There are various hops varieties that are specifically grown to meet unique flavors and styles of beer.
Hops are now widely produced in Germany, the UK, China, the Czech Republic and the Northwestern areas of the United States.
A huge percentage of the constituent of hops grains is a bitter resin. Hops also contain tannins, flavonoids, lupulone, and humulene.
The health benefits of hops can be derived from a strong infusion of hops tea. Hops tea is made by placing about an ounce of hops herbs in a quart of boiling water. Allow the mix to soak for about 4 hours. Hops tea can be taken either hot or cold.
The following are some health benefits attributed to hops tea:
- May help ease constipation.
- May help alleviate the pain in bladder infections.
- May help sedate the nerves and thus may be helpful in combating insomnia and anxiety.
- May help build the supply of breast milk in women.
- When applied topically this tea may help relieve sores and skin injuries.
- May help combat arthritis.