How Herbs Help Humans: Vol. 1, Section 1: Hopping Mad! Will Hops Cure Road Rage? Hops for Intense & Angry People

28 10 2015

Hops or Humulus lupulus,  may not cure road rage, but it is a great herb for people who are intense, th-4angry & bitter people.  You may not show it in your mannerisms, but deep down inside you have these intense emotions that need to come out…or you could use Hops to help dissipate these emotions by “digesting” them away.  Poor digestion has always created misery, just look at all those colicky kids whose mothers ate cruciferous veges or drank cow’s milk at the advice of their physician, everyone suffers when colicky kids crank constantly through the night.  And if you are eating those heavy, high-society foods that taste yummy but make you sluggish, sloth-like & miserable, do everyone a favour & take a bitters formula with Hops or take Hops alone after you eat.

Interestingly enough the taste of this herb is both intense & bitter which stimulates digestive function/juices including bile & increases the absorption of nutrients.  Its main organs of action include the stomach, nerves and liver but because of its “salty” flavour it can also help the kidneys with the water/solid balance.  For digestion take a small amount say 1 or 2 mL after eating…usually works best in a “bitters” formula…for insomnia you need large doses like 3 mL 1 hour before bed…but it often works best in a “nerve” formula.  You can also take it in a tea for sleeping, but it must be made strong as in a good quality herb in a large tea ball infused in a mug for 15 to 20 minutes.  But if you find you are an intense, angry/bitter person with insomnia it may work okay alone, since you share in its personality.

Besides it digestive & nervine properties it actually has pain relieving properties as well and can help kill some bacteria in the gut.  It also has been recently shown to have anti-cancer abilities when they extract certain compounds from it.  See: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278691599000198

The personality type as mentioned above is for angry, bitter & intense persons but it is also suited for strong-headed people with the need to work all the time…they are the “drivers” as it were.  They have a lot of mental strain & strong emotions of hatred & anger which when expressed causes nervous exhaustion, insomnia & worry.  Ultimately, the person is “too strong above & too weak below”, so to speak.  They present with red, flushed faces typical of a person who eats too much heavy food & works too much.

It is for the “abused stomach” where food is eaten and not digested well causing a pounding head and insomnia.  Its intense, acrid/bitter flavour  will help this type of stomach heal.

Take it in a tincture for better digestion or even for sleeping, but it can also be used in a pillow or in a bath if the smell of a Hops pillow is repulsive to you.  King Henry lll & Abraham Lincoln actually benefitted from the Hops pillow, so if you think you are of the same “line” as they, try it & see if your sleep is sublime.        I am not recommending it in beer, though occasional use this way would be okay, but generally those who need this herb are drinking way too much anyway so the tincture is recommended for digestion.

You may not be a “Hopping Mad Hops” personality type, but you may have seasons where you are like this, so I would recommend using this for those seasons in your life, but take it with the herb that fits your “personality” type.

This information has been derived & contrived mainly from Matthew Wood’s book “The Earthwise Herbal” for the “Old World Medicinal Plants”, David Winston’s book “Herbal Therapeutics” and my clinical use of this herb.  It for information purposes only & if you are self-helping you take full risk and responsibility.  I always recommend consulting with a Clinical Herbalist to get pertinent solutions for your health issues.  I hope you find this information helpful.

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2 responses

6 11 2015
Rachel Barrow

An interesting read thank you. I recently selected hops as one of my ‘Herbs to Help You Relax’ in a blog post due to it’s nervine properties. It’s maybe worth noting though that you shouldn’t take hops if you are suffering from depression, as it does act as a mild depressant in some people.

6 11 2015
Rachel Barrow

An interesting read thank you. I recently selected hops as one of my ‘Herbs to Help You Relax’ in a blog post due to its nervine properties. It’s maybe worth noting though that you shouldn’t take hops if you are suffering from depression, as it does act as a mild depressant in some people.

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