Hops (Humulus lupulus)
Hops (Humulus lupulus) one of the most useful plants for insomnia
Our story about using hops as herbs for sleep begins centuries ago in the fields of Europe. Workers are picking the hops for the master beer maker’s latest brew.
But an interesting thing keeps happening. The darn workers fall asleep on the job!
Could it be there’s something in the hops that’s sedating these hops pickers and putting them to sleep?
Yes. There’s a chemical (methylbutenol) in hops that makes them a worthwhile addition to our list of good herbs for sleep.
Historically, hops were a traditional medicine used as one of the herbs for sleep because of their calming, sedating, and hypnotic (sleep inducing) effects.
Now in modern times, Commission E, Germany’s equivalent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has given its approval for using hops in cases of anxiety, restlessness, and fighting sleepless nights.
Are there studies to support hops as one of the good herbs for sleep?
Yes again. The studies show that hops are a mild sedative.
And the studies mainly show that if you’re going to use hops as one of your natural remedies for insomnia, it’s best to take them in a combination of hops and valerian.
It means less restlessness with better sleep quality, fewer sleep problems, and a more soothing, deep sleep. It could mean more alertness during the day due to less fatigue and sleepiness. It could mean better health and wellness as well as a better life.
Is it safe?
In the United States, the FDA has given hops and hops oil GRAS status, which stands for Generally Recognized As Safe.
Dormolin Forte contains 450 mg extract of valerian (Valeriana officinalis) and 150 mg extract of hops (Humulus lupulus), the optimal combination for a restful sleep.