Hop Humulus lupulus
Key Constituents: Bitter resins, flavonoid antioxidants, lupulone, humulene
Historically Hop has been used as a sedative, anti-rheumatic, analgesic, and for gynecological complaints. To alieve earaches and toothaches and as a sleep aid, while some have used hops for relieving the discomfort of coughs and colds. Others have reported it useful for wound healing and for relieving gastrointestinal problems. In modern tradition, hops are most commonly used for insomnia, hypertension, and as a digestive bitter. Hops are known to increase the flow of urine, which assists a sluggish gallbladder and tones the liver.