Thursday, 15 September 2016
Hops for a Sleep Pillow
I am so happy ! I have quite a plentiful mini harvest of hops from my golden hop .
Well enough to make a couple of Sleep Pillows anyway .
It is just an Ornamental Golden Hop , Humulus lupulus aureus . I love its loopy latin name too , Humulus lupulus which translates to Earth Wolf .
It is that yellow resin or lupulin , at the base of each green bract which gives the hop its aroma and flavour . Different varieties of hops ,have varying degrees of flavours and aroma and are used in the production of beer . A cup of Hop tea with a little maple syrup is very calming . The scent of hops is well known , for when used in a simple sleep pillow can help induce sleepiness . I,m going to add some lavender to mine .
First I am going to dry them off on a sunny windowsill .
I think these are ready now ,they have a hoppy fragrance , not too grassy and are papery to the touch and springy ...and I can see the yellow lupulin resin between the bracts .
So here they are hanging up in the sunshine .
We had a dreadful storm yesterday and I was worried that my hops would be ruined , but I think they are going to be just fine . While they are drying , I will have time to make up some muslin sachets for the sleep pillows .
Whoever sleeps in this room will sleep very well indeed !