People who appreciate good beer and ale are familiar with the sharp, bitter taste imparted by Humulus lupulus, better known as Hops Flowers. Distantly related to hemp, Hops Flowers are a type of non-vine climbing perennial that like other herbs, grow starting early in the spring and die back in the fall. Powder Hops Flowers are used not only as a flavoring agent in beer and ale, but as a preservative as well; the popular "India Pale Ale" produced by many regional microbreweries across the US had its origins in the early 19th Century when the old British Empire was at its height.
The active biochemical in c/s Hops Flowers, known as humulene, is believed to have stimulant properties. Dried Hops Flowers, when brewed as a tea, is one of such wildcrafted herbs that may also have calming properties.
Hops is used in traditional medicines to break up inflammation, relieve pain, promote digestion, urination, and appetite, treat rheumatic pains, infections, insomnia and sleeping disorders, and reduce anxiety, tensions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),irritability, and nervousness.
Studies of the actual therapeutic benefits of Hops Flowers are not yet conclusive. People using such bulk organic herbs for medicinal purposes should consult a licensed herbalist or healthcare professional.