Known worldwide as one of the chief ingredients in the brewing of beer,
Hops (Humulus Lupulus) is grown throughout the world primarily to sate
the thirst of beer-lovers everywhere. Hops was first known to be used
within the creation of beer around the 11th century, but prior to this
it was a popular addition to the alcoholic beverage Ale, which was
favored by Saxon and Danish cultures. It was also a popular medicinal
herb prior to the surge in its use in creating beer, with many
herbalists of past ages using it to treat a variety of disorders,
primarily as a sedative. Within this it was also frequently decried as
an herb that could inspire depression and melancholy, and was said by
some to shorten the life as an additive to beer and other drinks.
Herbalists today still recognize that hops can be used as a sedative.
Just as old the "flower" is sometimes dried and crushed and used to help
create a tea for this purpose. Old herbals also speak of it being a
fantastic sleep aid when used as such, that is also of use in treating
nervousness, delirium, and, interestingly, inflammation. As a diuretic
it is also sometimes used in treating bladder problems and disorders.
This is a 1 oz packet of Whole Hops Flowers.