Hops Strobiles (Humulus Lupulus) 1lb/454g BULK Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Humulus Lupulus
Common names: Hops, Humulus, Lupulus
Plant Description: The Hop is a native perennial British plant and can be found growing wild in hedges and copses. It was introduced to Scotland, and is occasionally found in Ireland. Hops are also grown in France, South Russia, Australia and New Zealand. The root is stout and the stem, flexible and tough, twists in a clockwise direction and grows up to 6 feet in length. It is prickly with a strong fiber. The heart-shaped, lobed leaves are dark green, with finely serrated edges. They grow opposite on foot-stalks, though sometimes the upper leaves are arranged singly on the stem. The flowers grow out from the leaves' axils. The Hop is dioecious; in other words, male and female flowers are on separate plants. The male flowers are in loose bunches and grow to be 3-5 inches long. The female flowers, leafy and cone-shaped, are called strobiles. When mature, they grow to be about 1-1/2 inches long. They are yellowish-green in color and oblong and rounded in shape. Within the female flowers is a small fruit that is sprinkled with yellow, translucent glands. It looks a bit like yellow grains, and as it contains 10% Lupulin, a bitter principle.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner.
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.