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Hops Essential Oil

Hops Essential Oil

Most commonly known for its use in crafting beers, "hops" as they're commonly called, are the female flowers (cones) of Humulus lupulus, a climbing plant most commonly grown in Europe.

Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Hops Essential Oil

Aromatically, I find Hop Essential Oil to be a bit too bitter/sharp for my liking when used alone, but it is a wonderful aromatic when blending at low dilutions with other oils for either therapeutic or fragrance blending. I find that aromatically, it blends particularly well with most other categories of essential oils including the woods, florals, citrus, spice and herbaceous oils.

Emotionally, Hops Essential Oil is considered to be sedating and can be potentially helpful in instances of anxiety, stress and insomnia.

I am hearing more and more about its use in natural deodorants, particularly at very low dilutions. Within his Tisserand Institute Complete Skin Series course, Robert Tisserand suggests its use in a natural deodorant formulation at 0.2%.

Botanical Name

Humulus lupulus

Plant Family


Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distillation

Plant Part Typically Used

Flowers known as cones or strobiles


Golden Yellow



Perfumery Note


Strength of Initial Aroma


Aromatic Description

Hops Essential Oil smells fresh and sweet with a somewhat sharp (bitter), earthy/herbaceous aroma.

Hops Essential Oil Uses

  • Sedative
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Neuralgia
  • Bruising
  • Menstrual Issues

Sources: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 594. Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols (Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999), 90.]

Hops Oil is also used in fragrancing, perfumery and anti-bacterial/deodorant applications.

Major Constituents

  • a-Caryophyllene
  • B-Myrcene
  • B-Caryophyllene
  • gamma-Cadinene
  • delta-Cadinene
  • a-Muurolene

See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.

Source: R.A. Malizia, J.S. Molli, D.A. Cardell, et al. Essential Oil of Hop Cones *Mumulus lupulus L.) (Journal of Essential Oil Research 11, 1999), 13-15. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 305-306.

Hops Essential Oil Safety Information

Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young do not precaution against any specific hazards or contraindications within their safety summary. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 306.] Julia Lawless mentions that it should be avoided by those with depression, however, she does not confirm why nor do I see this forewarning in other sources. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 149.]

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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