Hops (Humulus lupulus) are fruit (or strobiles) of a member of the cannabis family native to Europe, Asia, and North America.
Hops are widely grown in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and are a main ingredient in the flavoring of beer.
They are also commonly cultivated in Germany. Hops are typically used in conjunction with one of the above cited flowers and herbs.
It is commonly paired with chamomile, lavender or valerian, but also holds its own as a relaxing natural sedative. The dried strobiles, from which a tea can be made, are commonly available, as are tinctures, capsules, and tablets.
A very effective herbal sachet can be made incorporating hops as an ingredient.
To make one, use the same steps as used to construct the Lavender sachet demonstrated earlier in this article, but use the following as stuffing instead:
- 1/4 cup hops strobiles
- 1/8 cup chamomile flowers
- 1/8 cup lavender flowers
Sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil into the mixture before sewing it up for a wonderful aromatic sleepy time sachet. Place the sachet under your pillow for a night of soothing aromas.
Generally, no side effects or adverse drug interactions from the use of hops are generally reported, although some individuals have experienced a rare allergic reaction or contact dermatitis from the pollen crystals in the fruits (similar to the allergic reaction to lavender as stated in the lavender page.).