Enjoy your hops tea by pouring a cup or so of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of hops flowers. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes then strain and enjoy. You can add sweeteners or blend with other teas. Brew extra – you can refrigerate the tea for up to two days.
A Bit of History
Hops were originally used as a tea by the ancient Greeks and Romans – it was later cultivated for the first time around the 8th century. The first hops arrived in North America with the Colonists around 1629 and were first grown commercially around 1791 in Boston and soon after, in New York State. In the mid-1800s hop production expanded westward.
As for its uses: in addition to beer, hops has been used in salads, as a dye, as a textile and, the spent hops, as animal feed. Today, hops even appear stuffed in pillows to ease insomnia, and in natural soaps and deodorants. As for tea, hops are sold commercially for its flavor – which is bitter and blends well with other, sweeter teas – and numerous health benefits. Hops are a relaxant and can help with menstrual cramps and muscle spasms. They are also high in antioxidants, and have phytoestrogic, antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-carcinogenic properties. They may even help treat diabetes symptoms.
The medical establishment continues to research medicinal uses for hops. In the meantime, why not sit down, brew a cup, and just relax.