To use hops as an aid for insomnia and restlessness the dried flower cones can be used in tea or stuffed in a hop pillow.
For a Hop Pillow:
Simply stuff a small muslin bag with some dried hop flowers, first sprinkling them with either alcohol, water or scented oil to reduce the crunchy sound. Other fragrant herbs may also be added to your pillow such as mint and chamomile or add mugwort for dreams too.
For Hop Tea:
Pour one cup boiling water over 1/2 - 1 tsp. of dried hops and let steep for 5-10 minutes. Can add honey and drink hot at bedtime.
Helpful Information About Hops
We have enjoyed organically growing hops for over thirty years. It is absolutely fascinating to watch them grow so vigorously, reaching lengths of up to 25 feet. Their use as ornamentals is limitless. They can be easily trained to grow up trellises to provide shade and privacy in the summer when it's hot, then because they die back in the fall, they are gone when we want all the sun we can get! I have seen them work really well trained to grow up poles to form a teepee.
If you would like to see a little video of The Thyme Garden in action packing your hops click on this link - Happy Hoppers. This is most of The Thyme Garden family. Husband and wife Rolfe and Janet Hagen and daughter Bethany. Daughter Emily is missing. We aren't always this crazy, but maybe most of the time. We just love working together and doing the work we do. We send along a little of our good energy with each of our orders.
Hops are unisexual, only the female hops produce the flowers used in brewing. All rhizomes we offer are female. As the female flower matures, they form cone-like structures. The mature cones are 1 to 3 inches long, yellowish green and papery to the touch. They are generally harvested in August and September, dried and used for brewing, medicinal or ornamental uses.
One of our often asked questions is "Which hop rhizomes will do best where I live?" Even though my wife and I traveled through most of the states back in the sixties in our hippie van I don't remember enough about the growing conditions of every state to help me make those recommendations. Actually we had things other than hops on our minds at the time. So we sent a request along with our hundreds of hop orders this year and asked if they'd be willing to take the time to share their experiences with growing hops in there area of the country. This might be more accurate than me guessing. I'll be adding their stories below as we get them. Email me your experience - we'd love to share it.
~ Interactive Map Coming Soon! ~
Click links below to view customer grower's experiences around the country.
Note: All prices in US Dollars
Useful Hop Links
Wikipedia Their hops page has all kinds on information about hops. Their history, biology, specific varieties etc.
There is some great information from the OSU Extension Service and the Oregon Hops Commission about growing hops at their site.
Brewer's Friend is an awesome website with just about everything you want to know about brewing beer to how to build your own brew house. Check it out!
North Carolina Hops Project - NC State University Hops Research and Variety Trial is experimenting with how well various varieties of hops will do in North Carolina.
University of Kentucky Extension Service - College of Agriculture - Great information about growing hops.