Hops (Humulus lupulus)


Flowering plant for insomnia, tension, and restlessness

Hops are familiar to most people as a key ingredient in beer. It's also been used for centuries in herbal remedies to address sleep problems, anxiety, and restlessness. There’s a story that King George III of Great Britain slept on a bed of hops to induce calm. Arab scientists and physicians looked to hops for its anti-inflammatory properties and as a digestive aid. The Cherokee, Delaware, Navajo, and Dakota tribes all relied upon hops for a range of ailments.  In Ayurvedic medicine, hops are recommended for restlessness, nervous tension, headache, and indigestion.

Hops is one of a group of nervines or nerve tonics, which are herbs used to support the nervous system. Nervines are used to target some of the more common challenges associated with modern living -- muscle tension, circular or anxious thoughts, and wakeful nights.