Hops, Humulus lupulus, is a powerful nervine and sleep aid, and can be combined with other carminatives for settling a nervous, acidic stomach. It is estrogenic and is used to increase sex drive in women and reduce it in men. Hops is indicated for a hot digestive system or irritated nervous system. It works best on hot, damp people who are often overweight and red-faced with fiery personalities and have poor digestion and insomnia.
Hops is contradicted in clinical depression, estrogen dominance, or with allergies to hops. Hops is not the best choice for young children, but are all right as part of a formula. Use with caution during pregnancy due to its estrogenic effects.
This can be taken as an infusion, tincture, or capsule.