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(Humulus lupulus)
Common names: Beer Flower, Beer Vine, Hop Vine.
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Parts Used: Flowers. Methods Used: Water extraction, Alcohol extraction.

Spiritual Uses: A Druid Sacred Herb.

Used in love incenses and in the ritual preparation of certain sacramental ales.

Physical Uses: This herb has been in use for thousands of years and is best known for its calming effect. Gently relaxes and assists with sleep.

Native Americans prepared a sedative tea from the blossoms and applied heated, dried flowers to treat toothaches.

A cupful of cold tea taken at least an hour before eating is useful for encouraging appetite and promoting good digestion.

Combined equally with Chamomile (Matricaria recutita / Chamaemelum nobile/Anthemis nobilis), it can help to alleviate pain. The same combination is helpful as a wash for rashes and boils.

Sleep on a hop pillow for a sweet and healing sleep (sprinkle the herb with alcohol to increase effectiveness).



  1. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to sit for 30 seconds.
  2. Add 1 teaspoonful of chopped flowers. Stir briefly and cover.
  3. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Strain out flowers and discard.
  5. Dosage: 1 cup taken 1 hour before meals.


  1. Mix equal amounts of Hops flowers and Chamomile flowers.
  2. Boil 1 cup of water. Allow to stand 30 seconds.
  3. Add 1 heaping teaspoonful of Hops/Chamomile mix. Stir briefly and cover.
  4. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain out herbs and discard.
  6. Dosage: 1 cup per 24 hours, taken in mouthful doses.
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