Thoughtful Thursday GOKI Readers, today I continue my ongoing daily health tip posts, but I do want to take a moment and send my thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan upon hearing of another earthquake, if I am not mistaken from online reports, the magnitude was 7.4. I truly feel for all those affected by this natural phenomenon as well as the previous major earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

April 7, 2011 Health Tip Of The Day


A thousand years ago brewers of English ale began using hops as a preservative. Much later they added it as an ingredient and discovered that their pickers suffered two peculiar effects: they tired quickly when working and the female pickers got their mentrual periods earlier than normal. Science has since recognized the remarkable power of hops as a sedative. It has a calming effect on the body, soothes muscles spasms, relieves nervous tension, and promotes restful sleep. If you suffer from insomnia, make tea with 1 teaspoon of dried hops in a cup of boiling water and drink it at bedtime. Capsules are also available. Externally, an old-fashioned cure for sleeplessness is to sleep on a small pillowcase filled with hops sprinkled with alcohol.

As Always, To Your Health!

P.S.  Here's an informative video for you folks who are interested in growing hops in your own garden, although the intention her lies more in the vein of brewing your own ale versus using the plant for medicinal purposes.

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