Hops Flower Oil
Hops flower oil.....The hops plant is a climbing, herbaceous perennial. It is usually trained to climb up strings when it is raised commercially. These fields are called hopfields, hop yards, or hop gardens. The hop flower is the female flower clusters. They are commonly called seed cones or strobiles. They are primarily used to flavor and stabilize beer, and also used in herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and to flavor other beverages.
The first documentation of hops cultivation was in 736 in what is now present day Germany. It wasn’t until 1079 that mention is made of growing hops for beer making in Germany. Hops cultivation began in the US in 1629.
The herb has been used as a mild sedative, well known in the form of the hop pillow where the heavy aromatic odor has been shown to relax by direct action at the olfactory centers.
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Botanical Name - Humulus lupulus
Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled
Parts Used - Flowers
Note Classification - Middle
Aroma - Rich, spicy-sweet odor
Largest Producing Countries - Hungary, France, Britain, and Germany
Traditional Use – Hops flower oil is used as a fragrance ingredient in perfumes, especially spicy or oriental types.
Properties - Anodyne, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, diuretic, emollient, estrogenic properties, hypnotic, nervine, sedative, and soporific.
Benefits - Amenorrhea, asthma, astringent, dermatitis, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, menstrual cramp, nervous dyspepsia, nervous tension, neuralgia, rashes, reduces sexual overactivity, rough skin, spasmodic cough, stress-related conditions, supports female estrogens, and ulcers.
Blends Well With - Citrus, copaiba balsam, hyacinth, nutmeg, pine, and spice oils.
Safety Data –
Hops flower oil
is generally non-toxic, (narcotic in excessive amounts), and non-irritant. It may cause sensitization in some individuals. Hops flower oil should be avoided by those suffering from depression. Hops are toxic to dogs and can lead to death.
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