Hops flower | Humulus lupulus | Organic


Hops is famous for its bitter principal found in beer, used as far back as the 9th century (1). It is part of the Cannabaceae family. Its flowers contain a resin which has volatile as well as bitter compounds.

As a sedative Hops induces a deeper sleep when paired with Varerian root (6) it makes a great before bed sleep tea. Due to its bitterness adding honey makes it quite a pleasant tea. This combination reduces the time taken to get to sleep.

However Hops has other properties including phytoestrogen like activity, and these compounds have been shown to inhibit aromatase production of estrogen and also decreases menopausal symptoms in small trials (4). Phytoestrogens are known to protect women from breast cancer in cell culture studies (2) and its chemistry is being well researched and more understood (3).

Hops also has anti-inflammatory actions, inhibiting COX-2 (1).

The bitter principals also stimulate detoxifaction in the liver via various pathways and impart an anti-appetite effect (3) which is currently being trialled with New Zealand grown Hops extracts (5).

All of our teas are organic or wild harvested from natural surroundings. Enjoy!

This information is for educational purposes. Please do not self-treat disease using herbs alone. Always consult with a qualified & registered herbalist and inform your doctor and pharmacist about your use of herbal remedies.

  1. Fisher, C, 2009
  2. Modulation of breast cancer cell survival by aromatase inhibiting hop (Humulus lupulus L.) flavonoids. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2007 Jun-Jul;105(1-5):124-30.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17643984
  3. The Multiple Biological Targets of Hops and Bioactive Compounds. Chem Res Toxicol. 2019 Feb 18;32(2):222-233. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.8b00345.   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30608650
  4. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over pilot study on the use of a standardized hop extract to alleviate menopausal discomforts. Phytomedicine. 2010 May;17(6):389-96. doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2010.01.007. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20167461
  5. NZ hops can help during fasting. 7 February 2020. Plant & Food Research. https://www.plantandfood.co.nz/page/news/media-release/story/nz-hops-can-help-during-fasting/
  6. A randomized, double blind, placebo‐controlled, prospective clinical study to demonstrate clinical efficacy of a fixed valerian hops extract combination (Ze 91019) in patients suffering from non‐organic sleep disorder, Phytotherapy Research, May 2007. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ptr.2167
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Additional information


Dried Hops flowers


Bitter principle – phloroglucinol glucopyranosides, humulones, lupulones, cohumulone, adhumulone (these degrade to new chemicals on storage>> 2-methyl-3-butene-2-ol, isovaleric acid, 2-methylpropanoic acid, Volatile oil – myrcene, humulene, caryophyllene, linalool, b-farnesene, 3-methylbut-2-ene-1-al, Flavonoids – xanthohumol, xanthohumol B, & C, prenylflavanones, 8-prenylnaringenin, isoxanthohumol, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, Tannin polyphenols – trans-resveratrol, piceid isomers, procyanidins, catechin, epicatechin, Phenolic acids – ferulic acid, chlorogenic acid, choline, asparagine, tri-methylamine, diphenylmethanol, tribenzylamin, pectin, sitosterol


Sedative, Soporific, Spasmolytic, Diuretic, Bitter, Antibacterial (topically), Anti-inflammatory


This herb has GRAS rating {Generally Recognised as Safe}. Hops should not beused in severe depression. Herbs should generally be avoided when pregnant or trying to concieve please consult with a qualified practitioner before self-prescribing. Due to the phytoestrogenic activity of Hops it should be avoided when pregnant or trying to concieve.


Steep 1 teaspoon of herb for 10-20 minutes. Reuse and drink 1-2 times a day.


20 grams, 30 grams, 50 grams

Country of origin

Native to the Europe, Northern Africa and Asia. Dried herb harvested in Canterbury, New Zealand.