Yesterday I posted some photos of wild hops and an easy recipe for "hoppy bruschetta";
This is how I used some in other non-edible ways;
Wild Hop Wreath
Roughly wrap it into a circle and wrap it around a number of times. I used a waste-paper bin as a template.
When you are happy with your circle start wrapping the ends around and positioning the hops. When it dries they will stay put.
Tie a ribbon around. I used a strip of material.
In the UK, especially in Kent it's considered to bring good luck having hops in the house. There is an old custom that says the bine should be changed annually at the same time, but the two bines shouldn't meet.
Wild Hop Pillow
The aroma of hops is relaxing and sedative. Dry some hops and fill a small cotton/muslim/linen bag and keep it on or near the pillow. Give it a squeeze when you go to bed or it can be warmed in the microwave to enhance it's sleep-inducing properties. I actually mixed mine with lavender (to hide the pungent edge to the hops) and it smells lovely. George III of England and Abraham Lincoln both appreciated hop pillows.
Fill a cotton/ muslim bag with hops and tie them to the bath tap or just let it float. It's relaxing before bed-time and its antibacterial properties help calm skin infections, eczema and herpes.
If you pick wild hops be sure to ID correctly and remember some people can have allergic reactions to hops (even after touching them). Please keep dogs away from hops, it can kill them if they ingest them.