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The Healthy Side of Hops

Mar 30, 2016 10:44PM
by Laina Poulakos
Many are familiar with hops, which is actually the flowering part of the plant humulus lupulus. Most know that it is used in beer, and gives it the taste we enjoy. What a lot of people don’t know are that hops also have some amazing health benefits.

Hops have been used since ancient times, as food and medicine. Hops contain B-complex vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc and copper. They also have a great effect on the nervous system. Taken at bedtime, hops can provide a very restful sleep.

This magical flower also can aide in calming nerves, which makes it a great herb to use for anxiety and excitability. Hops can also help with stomach issues, such as colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. They can be taken in herbal pill form, or in tincture but should not be taken by people who suffer from depression.

Hops can also help with skin abrasions, insect bites and acne. Mixing them with water or a carrier oil and applying to the skin will help with these common skin conditions as they have strong antiseptic properties.

Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and is available for private consultations about adding spices and herbs to your health regime, in addition to aromatherapy. For more information, call 703-851-0087 or visit

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