I am getting ready this week to Celebrate Humulus Lupus or rather Hops — This popular useful plant is well-known for its use in brewing beer especially IPAs but it is also a useful beauty ingredient and soon to be the herb of the year for 2018.
I am attending The International Herb Association Educational Conference in Hickory Corners, MI. I will be discussing Hops and how to use them for Natural Beauty. Hops are a useful calming and anti-inflammatory ingredient. They are also great for acne prone skin as have anti-bacterial properties. Some people believe the strong grapefruit scent helps them sleep and tuck a small pillow of dried hops under their pillow at night.
Here is one of the recipes I will be demonstrating:
Calming Hops Body Butter
This is a rich skin soothing body butter. It can be used to soothe classic dry skin spots such as elbows, knees, feet and hands. Coconut oil is easily absorbed into your skin. Both Calendula and Hops help reduce inflammation.
1 tablespoon dried hops flowers
1 Tablespoon dried calendula petals
1 /2 cup coconut oil
1 Tablespoon cocoa butter
Mix together all ingredients and gently heat until the coconut oil and cocoa butter is melted. Let the mixture cool completely and sit for a few days for the oil to become infused with the herbs. Gently reheat the mixture and strain out all solids and pour into a clean container. To use: Massage a small amount of the oil into your skin.
Yield: 4 ounces
“Don’t worry be Hoppy — You are beautiful!”