Definitely not found when people began to cultivate and use this plant but it is known that the ancient Jews, while in captivity in Babylon, were rescued from leprosy, using beer made from hops. In Europe, many barbarian tribes also used hops for brewing beer and this intoxicating drink enjoyed great popularity. Long since healers used hops for medicinal purposes.
Hops - long-term and very beautiful climber. His long, curly shoots grow from rhizomes in spring and literally braided arch wall houses, tree trunks, fences. Leaves hop carved, shiny and elastic, but when it's time to blossom - shoots covered with soft lettuce knobs! Very handsome and decorative hops at this time, but the plant is quite aggressive and set him in his garden to prepare a constant battle with his attempts to fully capture all living space. But at the same time, if you keep it "within" promptly removing spreading underground rhizomes, then, gathering in late summer - early autumn harvest knobs and dry them, you will ensure yourself a perfect raw material. Dried bumps useful for preparation of various tonic for the hair, lotions for the face, as well as serve as a material for medicinal infusions and tinctures.
Grow hops in the production volumes, this is the plant that "nothing is lost." Of its dry stems are made cloth from hops can be prepared in strong colors for wool and silk, hop - an essential component in the manufacture of varnishes, without it costing in perfumery, in distillery production, baking industry, and of course most importantly its application hop cones are found in brewing.
The range of applications of hops in medicine is very broad. Especially popular infusions and decoctions of hop cones - they enhance digestion, they recommend drinking in diseases of the kidneys and liver, gastritis, insomnia, neuroses. If we talk about the beneficial effects of which renders the broth or water infusion, it is a list: a calming, anticonvulsant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antihelminthic, gentle laxative mild sedative. The therapeutic effect is due to the content of nutrients. This is not only a unique essential oil. As part of hops: the bitter and aromatic active substance lupulin; a set of acids such as ascorbic, hmeledubilnaya, gumulenovaya and valeric; trimethylamine; resin; acacia; coloring and tannins; choline; bitterness; hypoxanthine; wax; volatile. But we should not forget that the plant is poisonous, and ingestion of any drug of hops requires caution.
Not only popular, but conventional medicine recognizes the effectiveness of drugs containing hops. Popular drugs valokardin, Gerbion, Korvaldin, Sedavit, urolesan - contain essential oils, or certain extracts from various parts of hops (flowers, stems, etc.) are widely used especially hops pharmacists in Germany - different tinctures, salves, pills, tablets , - which only drugs on the basis of the hops are not released. Infusion of hop cones is also a member of the famous combination product Doppelgerts® energotonik ("The Power of Two Hearts"), has a tonic and tonic properties. It is used for increased physical and mental stress, polyhypovitaminosis and vitamin deficiency, neurosis.
Mixing cone with mint leaves and valerian roots, prepare taxes, and soothing teas.
And of course, speaking of hops, it is impossible not to mention the beer. The main reason for adding hops beer is giving a special flavor and a certain bitterness in the taste. But other than that, the hops have the same strong antiseptic properties, why beer is almost impossible to poison. Pathogenic bacteria it simply can not survive. When the consumption of beer from the hops in the human body gets the whole complex of biologically active substances (α-izokisloty, flavonoids, glycosides, etc.) That have antioxidant properties.
Hop Hair and beauty
In cosmetology extract of hop cones traditionally include a means to strengthen the hair. Hops restore lipid balance of hair and scalp, improves metabolic processes in the epidermis, prevents dandruff and hair loss. They knew about this property, even our distant hop ancestors. So in the "Grand Prince Svyatoslav Izbornik Yaroslavovych" referred to the use of hops to reduce the fat content of hair. Hop cones were dried, crushed into dust and rubbed into the scalp. As a result of these manipulations hair long remained clean and shiny and the scalp healthy.
Many cosmetic manufacturers are using these properties and include extracts of hops of hops in the shampoo, treatment mask and hair tonics.
Flavonoids, contained in hops, and normalize the sebaceous glands, vitamin K promotes strengthen the roots, amino acids improves the hair structure.
For example, shampoo "Hop" from the manufacturer's "Miracle basket" along with other components contain and hop extract. Included hop and other popular product from this company - a set of "Anti-stress", which is used to hook or hair. He is actively nourishes hair and accelerates their growth, strengthens the roots, prevents the formation dandruff, gives hair strength and shine.
If you prefer a medical cosmetics, prepared with their own hands, then make a miracle cure of dried hop cones not difficult: Prepare infusion 1:10 knobs, and you can rub it into the scalp, wash and rinse hair.
Then perfectly suitable blend of herbs: 2 tbsp. l. a mixture of chamomile, lime blossom, mint, sage, horsetail, hops, pour 1 liter of boiling water and insist 5-6 hours. To
You can suggest the following collection: hop cones, nettle, field horsetail, yarrow, mother and stepmother, roots calamus and burdock. Two art. l. grasses pour 1 liter of boiling water and boil on low heat for 10 minutes, 15-20 minutes, and insist filter.
Fitoekstrogeny and hops
It is known that some plants are able to synthesize substances that are close by the action of the hormone, the so-called plant hormones. Hops - one of the plants, richest phytohormones. In cosmetics, hop oil and hop extracts are widely used: as biostimulants and as anti-inflammatory component of cosmetics. Creams containing hops, improve water and fat metabolism in the cells of the skin, increases its turgor and elasticity, smooth fine wrinkles.
Have hop and a unique quality, as the fight against hypertrichosis (excessive hair growth on the face). This property is used in the mask for the face "Ussuri hop and Chinese magnolia vine." The mask helps renewal process of skin cells, nourishes, smooths wrinkles, eliminates laxity and improves skin tone, prevents aging of cells. It has a wound-healing effect, calms the skin, relieves irritation and inflammation. It can be used for an extended vascular net.
Another example of using anti-aging properties of hops in cosmetics - Anti-Aging Cream ANEW-ULTIMATE AGE REPAIR NIGHT from AVON.
A kind of cosmetic product containing hops can be considered beer.
It is said to relate to fans of the drink stars such as Madonna and Julia Roberts. They used it, including, for grooming.
Beer masks and baths are becoming more popular around the world. Health spa treatments using beer was invented in the Czech Republic. Beer gourmet offering beer spa, massages and makeup to hop on brewer's yeast. With the beer can and fight wrinkles. Whisk the egg yolk and beer until smooth, put there for 20 minutes, rinse. Such a mask is especially beneficial to oily skin, make it elastic, normalizes blood circulation.
Another original application hop cones -
. To do this, use infusions and tinctures for internal use, and creams for topical. In principle, since the hop contains phytoestrogens, then nothing is impossible in such an action infusions and no cream. Another thing is that usually they are content in preparations of hops not so great as to cause a marked increase in the chest, and if you eat preparations of hops in large quantities, it can be harmful to health.
As always, do not forget about sensible moderation, and let hops helps us in maintaining the health of the organism and the external image of beauty.