Hops for anxiety?
When I found out that Hops (humulus lupulus) was good for anxiety I was surprised. I remember when I was growing up there was a commercial for beer that used to come on TV. They always spoke about using the best Hops in their beer. I didn’t really understand what that meant back then but now I know that Hops are used in most beers for flavoring.
The name it was originally given a few hundred years ago was beer flower. Since I found out that hops are also really good for anxiety I started to wonder, is that why so many people like to unwind with a beer? Maybe.
Not for beer only
The first recorded use of Hops was 1067. In 1516 Wilhelm IV said that all beer had to have Hops as an ingredient. Because it has anti-bacterial properties it’s also used in natural deodorants. Hops are a truly multi-purpose herb.
I do know that Hops are calming and this effect was first noticed when people who harvested Hops would become sleepy while working. I haven’t tried this myself but a pillow filled with Hops is supposed to help a person to fall sleep. You would be in good company if you did this as it’s said that Abraham Lincoln used a Hops filled sleep pillow too. I would probably also add some Lavender to the pillow for extra help falling asleep.
Hops can also be added to bath water for relaxation and it may even help if you have achy joints. If you have stomach issues from anxiety or just in general, Hops are also good for the tummy. It is a bitter and bitters are very good for digestion.
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My dosage: 4 dropperfuls – A dropperful is whatever amount comes up into the dropper when you squeeze the top. This is less than what I took for panic attacks. I take this amount as needed throughout the day with no problems. This is a very safe herb.
What I like
I use this one and there is also an alcohol free tincture if you prefer that. And for the “no way I’m taking a tincture group” there are these capsules. My favorite brand of capsules, Gaia, does not make a Hops only capsule. There’s also tea if you prefer that.
I think mixing Hops and passionflower and/or valerian would be the best for anxiety and insomnia. You might be thinking why can’t I just drink some beer? You don’t know how much Hops is actually in a bottle of beer and then there’s the alcohol issue. Alcohol has been shown to make anxiety worse so I would definitely stay away from it if I was having anxiety attacks.
But Herbal Maven, you might be thinking, tinctures have alcohol. Yes, they do but the amount is negligible. If that still bothers you, you could place the amount you are going to use in a little boiling water and and the alcohol will evaporate. Or of course, you could always by an alcohol free tincture.
Hops are safe and proven to work for anxiety and insomnia. Hey, if honest Abe used Hops then it must work.
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