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HOPS

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HOPS

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Humulus lupulus. N.O. Urticaceae.

Habitat ► Extensively farmed for the brewing industry, and is found growing wild in hedges and open woods.

Features ► Stem rough, very long, will twist round any adjacent support. Leaves in pairs, stalked, rough, serrate, cordate, three- or five-lobed. Flowers or catkins (more correctly called strobiles) consist of membranous scales, yellowish-green, roundish, reticulate-veined, nearly half-inch long, curving over each other. These are the fertile flowers which are used medicinally and industrially.

Action ► Tonic, diuretic.

As a tonic in prescriptions for debility, nervous dyspepsia, and general atony. Although usually given in combination with other herbs, the ounce

to pint infusion of hops taken thrice daily makes quite a good tonic medicine for those feeling “run-down.” Lying on a pillow stuffed with hops is an old-fashioned way of dealing with insomnia.

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