Who knew – wild hops were originally used as a tea by the ancient Greeks and Romans. It was later cultivated around the 8th century, arrived in North America with the Colonists around 1629, and was grown commercially around 1791 in Boston. In the mid-1800s hop production expanded westward, known for its flavor, use in beer, and medicinal value as a relaxant that can help with menstrual cramps and muscle spasms. Hops are also high in antioxidants and phytoestrogens and have antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-carcinogenic properties. Enjoy your hops tea by pouring a cup or so of boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of hops flowers. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes then strain and enjoy. As hops are bitter, try adding sweeteners or blend with other teas. Brew extra – you can refrigerate the tea for up to two days.