Tea – Hops
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. As hops are bitter, try adding sweeteners or blend with other teas. Brew extra – you can refrigerate the tea for up to two days. Not feeling great? 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.
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. Throughout this time, hops were used in everything from beer to stuffing for pillow. The medical establishment continues to research medicinal uses for hops. In the meantime, why not sit down, brew a cup, and just relax.