Humulus lupulus

Plant family: Cannabaceae (Hemp family)

Part used: flower (strobile)

Taste: bitter, aromatic

Historical commentary: hops is best known as an ingredient in producing beer; it has long been used medicinally to calm the nerves and improve the appetite.


Sedative: for restlessness, anxiety, mood disturbances, and insomnia.

Digestive aid: improves appetite.

Modern findings: Hops is confirmed to have a sedative effect in laboratory animal and clinical evaluations; hops is usually combined with valerian for sedative effects.

Dosage: 0.5-1.5 grams; usually taken in doses of about 0.5 grams each time, which may be repeated as needed.

Active constituents: The bitter resins, called humulones, are the main active components; the volatile oil mainly contains monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes.

Cautions: none known.

Künzle Formulas: Tea for Tension, Tea for Mood, Tea for Sleep.