Hops also contain estrogenic properties and can provide relief from PMS, cramping, bloating, and hot flashes. Hops are also known to be particularly beneficial for headaches, nervous tension, intestinal cramps, stress, earaches, toothaches, colitis, neuritis, shock, poor circulation, and liver ailments. They also have powerful anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a good herb for people who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, guillan-barre, lupus, bursitis, and diabetes.
Hops are a natural diuretic and are helpful in removing water retention and excess uric acid. They are also excellent for helping to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Hops can help stimulate the appetite and improve digestion when taken an hour before a meal. Topically, hops are used as a remedy for boils, painful swellings, ringworm, tumors, and leg ulcers in people who have poor leg circulation and varicose veins. Hops also topically works as a treatment for dandruff and are often found as an active ingredient in natural shampoos & conditioners.
Hops tea can be made by using 2 teaspoons of dried hops to 1 cup of boiling water, allow to steep for at least 20 minutes and sweeten with raw honey if desired. Hops can be found online or at your local health food store in tincture, capsule, extract, tea, or cream form.