Hop flowers were most often used as an infusion, but the flowers were also smoked.
Hardy in zones 4-9.
Easy to grow!.
Imported from USA.
People find hops exotic and sexy. Perhaps this is because of
their close relationship to Cannabis. Aside from being used to
flavor beer, Humulus lupulus (Hops) have a long history of herbal
use among the Native Americans, mainly because of the soothing,
sedative, tonic and calming effect on the body and the mind.
Humulus lupulus contains asparagin, a diuretic; antibacterial
agents humulone and lupulone; lupulin, a mild sedative/hypnotic.
It is believed to be an aphrodisiac for men. Hop flowers were
most often used as an infusion, but the flowers were also smoked.
The fruit was applied externally as a poultice to ulcers, boils,
swellings, etc. The female flowering heads were harvested in the
autumn and used fresh or dried. The flowering heads are sprinkled
with yellow translucent glands, which appear as a granular
substance. Much of the hop's use as a flavoring and medicinal
plant depends on the abundance of this powdery substance. The hop
plant is a vine. It needs a similar structure for support as a
grape plant. Even if you do not grow them for beer they make an
excellent ornamental plant. Hardy in zones 4-9. Easy to grow!