Hops are not just for beer
Hops — not just for brewing beer.
Hops in skin care
Hops are not just for beer — they have benefits in natural skin care products.
In fact, hops have many uses, including in natural skin care products.
Hops were mentioned by Pliny, the Roman scholar, as a cooking herb. The shoots were eaten in those times.
Hops have been used in brewing since the ninth century. Initially they were used widely as a preservative for beer. The brewers recognized that if they included hops, the beer lasted longer. Hops are said to have antiseptic properties.
Making a tea of the leaves, strobiles and stalks is reputed to be a stimulant for estrogen production and useful for intestinal cramps. Hops are also known to depress the central nervous system. Therefore, the tea can be great during times of PMS stress and irritability.
The great herbalist Nicholas Culpeper said of hops:
“Half a dram of the seed in powder taken in a drink kills worms in the body, brings down women’s courses and expels urine. In cleansing the blood, they help cure the French diseases and all manner of scabs, itch and other breakings-out of the body.”
Hops are a sedative. because of this quality, their most beneficial use may be in a sleep pillow. In fact, historical figures as diverse as King George III and Abraham Lincoln are said to have used this sleep-inducing aid.
I’ve made different herb pillows, but the most effective one is filled with a combination of hops and lavender. In addition to its wonderful scent, lavender helps you relax. Add some mugwort if you want to remember your dreams. Making the sachet is easy — just add a quarter-cup of the dried herbs to an empty pillowcase and keep folding over until you have a small, flat packet. Tuck this inside your pillowcase under your pillow at night.
Hops for Skin Care
Hops tea is also beneficial for a sluggish liver and to promote hormonal balance. Both of these effects have positive effects for the skin. Likewise, the promotion of estrogen production, in miniscule amounts, makes hops useful as ingredients for organic toners, lotions and creams.