Hops has a long history of predlinnuyu. He was known to the ancient Romans. The Frankish Empire state duties payable hops. Initially, hop cones in most countries used to make beer, home-made beer and mead, and then they were used in bread and medicine.

Hops ordinary - Humulis lupulus L. - Herbaceous perennial vine with curly hexagonal hollow stems, the length of 5-8 meters from the family Konoplev. On the vine are hooked thorns, which she clings to the support and rises.

Leaves hop large, heart-shaped, entire or three to five-lobed with long petioles. The flowers are modest, yellowish-green, located at the top or in the axils of leaves collected in the pineal light green earrings female plants. When hops fades, catkins grow, forming stems - "bumps" that are placed singly or tassels. Flowering plant in June - August, the fruits ripen in July - September. Propagated hops, both seed and vegetatively.

Hops grows throughout the European part of Russia, the Caucasus, Western and Eastern Siberia, the Far East and in Central Asia. It grows in moist deciduous forests, among the thickets of shrubs in the mountains and hedges, river valleys and ravines.

Hops from time immemorial cultivated on plantations for the needs of the brewing and baking production.

   As an ornamental vine planted in his gardens, parks, bred in backyards.

For medicinal purposes   manually harvested dry ripe "bumps" when they take on a greenish-yellow color, about the middle of August.

- Hop cones contain vitamins PP, group B, C, volatile, bitter substance lupulin, alkaloid Humulin, essential oils, flavonoids, and hmeledubilnuyu valeric acid dyes.

- The leaves of hops found: vitamins B1, B2, C, carotene, carbohydrates, phenol carbonic acids and flavonoids.

- Hops has anticonvulsant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, a slight laxative and soporific effect.

- Of hops prepare a soothing, anti-inflammatory, diuretic teas, herbal teas to improve digestion, treat gastritis, gastroenteritis, nervosa, insomnia, inflammation of the bladder, kidneys, liver and gall bladder.

- Broth prescribed for thrombophlebitis, tuberculosis of the lungs and skin, malaria, syphilis and how anthelmintic, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, oncology, in case of symptoms in menopause and urate diathesis.

- 2 tablespoons of hop cones pour 1 incomplete (to kaёmki) cup of boiling water, leave for half an hour, drain, take ¼ cup 3 - 4 times a day.

- Ointment based hops treat bruises, abscesses, ulcers, eczema, relieve arthritic and rheumatic pain. Crushed into powder hop cones mixed with vegetable oil 10 gr. 40 g of hops. vegetable oil.

Admission into the preparations of hops requires great care, because the plant is poisonous!

Hops are widely used in folk cosmetics .

   - Decoctions and infusions   hop treat acne. 1 tbsp. cones spoon sugar and 1 cup of boiled water, 1 hour, drain, wash morning and evening, wipe the acne during the day several times.

- In the form of baths hops are used for soothing, skin rejuvenation and finding peace of mind. 2 tbsp. spoon cones pour half a liter of boiling water, insist 2 hours, strain, pour into the tub.

- For rinsing the hair To give them the pomp and glitter. 1 tbsp. spoon crushed lumps of sugar and 1 liter of water, to insist in a thermos for 2-3 hours, drain, rinse your hair, try not to get wet, let them dry naturally.

- When aging skin   useful masks, lotions, rubbing infusions of hops. Mask: 2st. tablespoons fresh cones grind, add 1 teaspoon of honey and ½ olive oil. Apply on face for 10-15 minutes, rinse the remaining broth and wash 30 minutes.

Magee recommended to carry with them the dry hops, which is a good talisman against all the dark, including the gossip and detractors.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva