Photos of Hops strobiles, hops, Humulus lupulus.

Hops, Humulus lupulus, traditionally used to soothe the stomach, as an appetite stimulant (due to the bitter taste), mild sedative, sleep aid, and diuretic. In phytomedicine, hops are used to relieve mood disturbances, such as unrest and anxiety, as well as sleep disturbances. Hops are also prescribed for nervous tension, excitability, restlessness and lack of sleep, and to stimulate appetite. Oh yes, and they are the familiar flavor ingredient for beer.

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