Hops / Humulus lupulus
Habitat and Growing Conditions: Hops require a rich deep soil with a dry bottom.
Pertinent Information: Febrifuge. Nervine. Diuretic. Sedative. Liver tonic. Anodyne. Astringent. Use the flowers (strobiles). Gather before they are fully ripe in August or September. Improves appetite and promotes sleep. Also, stuff a pillow with hops to bring sleep. Useful for toothache, earache, etc. It should not be used where there is depression.
Personal Experience: Hops infusions make me think of my mother. Her hops plants grow out of control every year and produce many strobiles that I then have the pleasure of infusing for relaxing evening drinks.
References: Back to Eden, Jethro Kloss, 136; A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieves, 411-414; Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman, 206