Common hop is well known to people since ancient times and represents a perennial tall herbaceous plant with inflorescences in the form of cones appearing in the spring and covered with a small pollen of yellow color.
Unique medicinal properties allow successfully to use cones of a plant in folk and official medicine, as well as in cosmetology.
Useful properties of hop cones are due to the rich medicinal substances necessary for health, youth and well-being, composition.
The cones of the plant contain the following elements:
- yellow pigment;
- tanning agents;
- vitamin C;
- Vitamin PP;
- vitamins of group B;
- valeric acid;
- essential oils, giving a specific aromatic aroma;
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The composition, rich in vitamins and unique ingredients, allows using plant cones for the prevention and effective treatment of various pathologies and diseases:
- . They have anti-inflammatory, sedative and soothing effects( Labrador marsh medicinal properties and contraindications, see photos).
- Differ high bactericidal and antifungal properties.
- Help with female pathologies( about the medicinal properties of yarrow in gynecology is written here), including, with violations of the menstrual cycle.
- Hop has a diuretic effect, it is added to the collection for diseases of the bladder and kidneys.
- Differs by its pronounced analgesic effect.
- Hop cones help strengthen the capillaries.
- Helps reduce high blood pressure.
- The plants based on cones are used for sleep disorders, for calming the nervous system, eliminating pain and eliminating seizures.
- Have a positive effect on the work of the intestines and stomach, thanks to the lupulin.
- Prevent development and fight with oncological diseases .
Application of hop cones, externally, in the form of compresses, lotions and ointments - is indicated for rheumatism, articular pain and radiculitis.
Interesting! It is believed that the use of cones of hops can provoke breast growth.
Such assumptions are due to the content in the component of phytoestrogen - the equivalent of the female sex hormone of plant origin.
There are many recipes of folk medicine based on the natural component.
Before using them, it is recommended to consult a doctor, especially if there are various ailments in the history.
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The most effective and popular folk recipes are:
- If you have sleep disorders , you can put whole hop cones in the pillowcase, which will help you to calm down quickly, remove irritability and fall asleep.
On such a pillow you can sleep or arrange it at the head of the bed.
- From the nervous overexcitation and insomnia, decoctions are effective, the raw materials should be taken in the amount of 1 teaspoon, per 1 cup of boiled water.
The product should be insisted for half an hour, carefully filtered and consumed at bedtime, instead of regular tea.
- For headaches will help tincture.
For its preparation, it is recommended to take alcohol and cones of the plant in a ratio of 4: 1, to insist in a glass jar with a tightly closed lid for 7 days, and at the end, carefully strain.
Take the product, it is necessary 3 times, during the day, diluting in a spoonful of water, 5 drops of alcohol tincture.
- From bruises, abrasions, pain in joints and rheumatism will help ointment on the basis of hop cones, which need to take 1 tablespoon per 1 glass of water.
The resulting mass is boiled over a small heat until the original liquid is reduced by a factor of 2.
Next, the broth is carefully filtered and mixed with ordinary Vaseline in a ratio of 1: 3 or 1: 4.
- With cystitis the following broth is prepared:
- in 0.5 liters of boiled water dissolve 2 tablespoons cones,
- insist for 1 hour,
During the day, you need to drink 1 glass of the product received in 4 divided doses, one of which - 30 minutes before bedtime.
The other three - 30 minutes before meals.
Relief and improvement is noted after 7 days of admission.
The application in cosmetology is caused by the bactericidal and anti-inflammatory action of hop cones, which makes it possible to effectively use plant components with:
- acne control,
- skin inflammation,
- for significant improvement in skin condition( about the medicinal properties of rosemary for women readin this article) and hair.
The most effective and common cosmetological recipes based on cones of hops are the following:
To strengthen hair and get rid of dandruff will help decoction of hop cones, used as a conditioner after washing hair.
For its preparation, pour 1 liter of boiled water into 2 tablespoons hop cones.
The resulting mixture should be boiled on low heat for 10 minutes, then insist for about 20 minutes, carefully strain and use to rinse hair in a warm form.
Possibly, application of the remedy several times a week.
The hops cone mask will help to make the skin( amaranth oil for the face) elastic and taut.
To prepare it you will need:
- mix with 0.5 liters of boiling water 2 tablespoons of cones of the plant,
- insist the broth for 20 minutes,
- strain and use the healing mass to apply to the face skin as a mask for 15-20 minutes.
At the end of the procedure the product is washed off with warm water.
To disinfect the skin, relieve the inflammation of , reduce the fat content of the skin, reduce acne and reduce fine wrinkles, an infusion of hop cones will help, which is recommended for regular cleansing( about laundry soap for the body is written in this article).
In 1 cup of boiled water add 1 tablespoon of raw material, insist in a closed container, carefully filter, and do regular skin rubs.
To give freshness, it is recommended to wipe the skin with cosmetic ice, prepared by freezing a one percent tincture of Eleutherococcus( as applied) with a tincture of cones of hops.
Wiping your face with this ice in the morning will tone your skin.
Harvesting, storage, storage
The best period for harvesting hop cones is in August and September.
Tear off cones of greenish color together with stems.
Important! Bright green color indicates immaturity of cones, yellowish-brown - about overripe. And in one case, and in another case, cones are not suitable for medical purposes.
There are female and male inflorescences of cones, the latter having no curative effect.
Female, considered cones, located singly or brushes, male - collected in panicles, placed on thin stems.
After collection, the cones should be dried in a well-ventilated area.
It is recommended to store medicinal components in cotton bags, for a period of no more than 2 years.
Finished, dried hop cones can be purchased at the pharmacy.
Contraindications to the use of
Like any medicinal plant, hop has its own contraindications for use.
It is undesirable to use them in the following cases:
- Pregnancy( what a grenade is useful for) and the period of breastfeeding.
- Allergic reactions.
- Presence of polyps and cysts.
- Individual intolerance of the component.
When treating hop cones, the dosage should be exactly followed.
If the permissible levels are exceeded, there may be side effects in the form:
- of nausea,
- of headache,
- of allergic reactions.
To avoid the development of allergic reactions, it is recommended to start taking funds based on cones of hop from the minimum doses.
In the absence of pathological manifestations, the agents can be used in the required volume according to the prescription.
Hop cones are a unique natural component of , possessing a whole range of useful properties due to its unique composition.
Using recipes of folk medicine and cosmetology with the inclusion of cones of the plant will preserve health, youth and beauty for many years, as well as relieve various diseases and prevent the development of many pathologies.
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