Everyone knows that thehopis used for the production of beer but few know that thehopis a medicinal plant used as a natural remedy with multiple benefits.
Thehopit is famous for its female inflorescences which are mainly used in the production of beer but can also be used in phytotherapy.
The female inflorescences of the hop they possess bitter and aromatic properties that make them effective natural remedies.
Resins make up about 15-30 percent of the weight of the inflorescences and are responsible forpropertyantimicrobials of hops. Theessential oilsinstead they make up from 0.5 to 3 percent of the weight and are responsible for the aroma.
- Toning for the gastro-intestinal system
Thanks to its bitter and aromatic properties thehopit can be used to soothe stomach disorders, especially those of nervous origin.
- Natural sedative and calming
Of great interest are thepropertysedative of female inflorescences of thehop. Recent studies state that the extracts obtained can be an aid in the treatment of insomnia and states of hyperactivity, stress and tension.
The property sedatives of hops become more tangible if the dried inflorescences are used thanks to a volatile alcohol that is produced during the storage of the same inflorescences of thehop. For this reason, those who intend to exploit thepropertysedative ofhopshould buy it dried and stored for at least two years.
- Useful in menopause
The first doubts arose when the hop pickers began to have irregular menstrual cycles, coinciding with the harvesting period of the plant. This is how scientists began studying the effects of the plant on the female hormone system. It didn't take long to reveal the mystery: estrogenic substances were isolated from the hop inflorescences, molecules very similar to female estrogens, the main sex hormones of women.
The infusions ofhopand the hydroalcoholic extract of the inflorescences of this plant, are very useful for dealing with the problems of menopause. Regular use of thehopit can alleviate the typical symptoms of menopause such as, for example, the classic hot spots (hot flashes).
Hops essential oil
L'essential oil of hopsit is extracted from the strobili by steam distillation. The color of hops essential oil varies from straw yellow to amber red.
The main ones property ofessential oil of hops:
L'essential oil of hopshas shown (experimentally, Senatore 2000) germicidal properties against various microorganisms such assterptococcus mutans, pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococcus aureus, Eschierichia coli, Saccaromyces cerevisiae, penicillum chrysogenum.
How to exploit the properties of hops
How to exploit the beneficial properties of hops? In the most well-stocked herbalists you can find food supplements based on plant extracts of hops. Also in this case we point out a useful link:Phyto-officinal hop, 100 capsules. It is an Italian product (from Italian hop crops) offered on Amazon at a price of 14.33 euros with shipping costs included in the price.