Hello dear readers. Today I want to pay attention to the hops. I remember hops from childhood, green cones and beautiful bright green leaves, they reminded me of maple leaves. In fact, hops grew in our neighbors and "puffed" around our common fence. Hops our neighbors used only as an ornamental plant, the garden in their garden was still decorated with hops.
As a child, my brother and I often came to the fence, where there was hops, they tore off cones, although they are sticky, they even tried to eat them. Yes, and the smell of them is so characteristic, I would even say heady. And my mother always said that hops are good at coping with insomnia.
On the blog, I recently wrote about pine buds and their use in various diseases. From pine buds we cook honey, they are very well used for cough, especially for children, to do inhalations with cough. Read more about pine buds in my article "Pine kidney healing properties."
Hops are common herbaceous perennial plant. Cones are inflorescences that are covered with fine yellow pollen. Thanks to this pollen, the cones have a slightly bitter taste, as well as stickiness. Contains pollen wax, pitch, tannin, essential oils, bitter, phytoncides.
Hops cones are applied in folk and official medicine, in brewing, in cosmetology, cones of hops are included in the composition of medicinal fees. The hop root is strengthened by the roots of the hair, it is used as a conditioner after washing the head. Infusion of hop cones gives shine to the hair and helps to eliminate dandruff.
Collection and preparation of hop cones.
The time for harvesting and collecting cones of hops falls on August-September, coinciding with the time of harvesting fruits and vegetables. Hops cones are harvested together with the pedicels, when bracts still tightly close the cone, which has a greenish color. Peresvetshie cones, usually yellow-brown color, as well as bright green, that is, not ripe, for medical purposes are not at all suitable. Dry hop cones in a well-ventilated room. The dry cones are stored in a cotton bag and the shelf life is 2 years.
Inflorescences of cones are divided into masculine and feminine, with the therapeutic goal to collect only women. But, how to distinguish between them, where are they? Flowers cones, which are located singly or brushes are called female. But the flowers collected in panicles on thin pedicels are called masculine.
Hops cones can be harvested by yourself, but you can already buy ready-made and dried hop cones in a pharmacy, as well as hop oil. Chemical composition of hop cones.
Hop cones contain potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, copper, iodine, boron, aluminum, vitamin C, B2, B3, B6, PP, yellow pigment, flavonoids, resins, essential oils, tannin, choline, colorant, tannic acid, glycosides, wax, valeric acid.
Hops cones. Medical and useful properties.
Thanks to a large number of useful and medicinal properties of hop cones, they are used both in folk and in official medicine. In folk medicine preparations from hop cones are taken either inside or outside. Prepare infusions, tinctures, make poultices, hop cones are part of the ointments.
- An inherent anti-inflammatory property of hops.
- Water infusions and decoctions made from cones of hops perfectly soothe, have a sedative effect.
- Hops cones possess antifungal and bactericidal properties.
- Apply hops as a diuretic. Hops are added to the collection and used for kidney and bladder diseases.
- Hops cones and analgesic effect are inherent.
- Drugs from hop cones strengthen the capillaries.
- Hops cones help with female diseases, with problems with the menstrual cycle in women.
- Infusions and decoctions made from cones of hops are used for insomnia, they soothe the nervous system, relieve pain and reduce seizures.
Ophthalmic preparations from hop cones are used as lotions, poultices, joint pain, rheumatism and radiculitis.
Hops cones. Contraindications.
- Observe the dosage of hops, since overdose can be headache, nausea, allergic reactions, headache.
- Hops are contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation.
- With individual intolerance of hops or allergies to hops.
In the old days, people believed that the cones of hop help from the evil evil eye, so they carried it in your pocket. They used cones of hops as a protective remedy for doubts, fears, and dark thoughts.
Hops cones. Application.
Hops cones are used in cooking, cosmetology, folk medicine. Hop is a part of Volokardina, which is used for hypertension and irritability and Urolesana, which is used for renal colic and cystitis. Aromatic cushion with cones of hops.
My grandmother has a pillow with cones of hops and herbs. It helps with insomnia and headaches. Helps to calm down and fall asleep faster. The pillow case needs to be stuffed with dry cones of hops and on such a pillow you can sleep or put it at the head of the bed. Sleep on such a pillow will be strong. In more detail, what folk remedies can help cope with insomnia, you can learn from my article "How to treat insomnia with folk remedies."Hop with pain in joints.
You need to take a spoonful of hop cones and pour it with a glass of water, simmer, boil until the liquid boils twice. And then 1 spoon of strained broth should be mixed with 3-4 tablespoons of ordinary Vaseline and this is the kind of ointment we apply to the places of abrasions, bruises. Ointment is used for rheumatism and joint pain.
Tincture of alcohol from hop cones.
Cones of hops and alcohol are taken in the proportion 1: 4.Tincture is insisted in a glass jar with a tightly closed lid for 7 days, then tincture is filtered. Take tincture for insomnia, with headaches 5 drops 3 times a day before meals, pre-adding tincture to a spoonful of water.
Hops cones with nervous excitement and insomnia.
Most often, with insomnia and nervous excitement, cones of hops can be brewed and drunk as tea before bed. One teaspoon of chopped hop cones should be poured with boiling water, one glass, let it infuse, drain.
You can mix hop cones and herbs like mint, lemon balm, motherwort. Spoon a mixture of these herbs pour the floor with a liter of boiling water, insist in a sealed container, filter and take several times a day before meals.
Hop cones for breast augmentation.
Recently, an eye caught advertising that you can increase the chest with cones of hops. You just need to drink an infusion of cones of hops and smear the chest with oil infused on the cones of hops. The fact is that the cones of hops contain some kind of analogue of the female hormone estrogen. And since this hormone changes the hormone in the direction of increasing the female hormones, which affects the breast enlargement.
But, I've heard about this for the first time, here's my word of honor. Although I typed "hop cones for breast augmentation" in the search field, there are a lot of articles and reviews on this topic. I personally did not try to use cones of hop for these purposes, so I can not say anything about this.
Hops cones in cosmetology.
Hops cones are used not only in folk medicine, but also in cosmetology. Since cones of hop have anti-inflammatory, bactericidal therapeutic properties. Cones of hop help to cope with acne, remove inflammation on the skin, help improve the condition of hair and skin, help to cope with dandruff.
Application of cones of hops for hair.
After washing your head to strengthen hair, you should rinse your hair with a decoction made of hop cones.2 spoons of hop cones pour a liter of water, boil on low heat for 10 minutes, insist 20 minutes, filter and warm the broth rinse hair. Such a decoction is used several times a week. Such a decoction copes well with dandruff.
Apply hop cones to the face.
Infusion prepared from cones of hops disinfects the skin, relieves inflammation, reduces the fat content of the skin, helps reduce acne eruptions on the face, reduces fine wrinkles.1 spoonful of hop cones pour a glass of boiling water and insist in a sealed container, filter and this infusion wipe the face. You can use the infusion to wash your face.
Hops cones appear at the end of summer, in the beginning of autumn, they can be harvested by yourself, and you can buy them at the pharmacy if there is no way to prepare them, because the healing properties of hops are very impressive, but before using, be sure to read the contraindications.
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