How to prepare barley tea

Barley water - effect and application

The healing effects of barley water

Barley water was already known in antiquity. Weak and sick people were treated with it. The barley was boiled with water, the grains were strained and the remaining liquid was drunk. Today, for example, barley water is even sold as a finished product in the supermarket in Great Britain. It is also reported that barley water is served almost every day at the Royals.

Invigorating water

In ancient Egypt, barley was a staple food. At that time it was already known that this grain is not only filling, but also has a healing effect. A decoction made from barley grains was given as a drink to strengthen during and after illness. Barley water was also used for strengthening in ancient Greece. The poet Homer called a dish made from barley the “marrow of men” as a tonic.

The barley water is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Mainly magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin E, silica and the B vitamins are contained in it. For example, 100 grams of peeled barley contains around four times as much magnesium as 100 grams of banana. The barley water is a healthy source of protein, is digestible, regulates the blood sugar level, keeps you full for a long time and reduces cravings.

The health effects of barley

In the following lines you will find out more about the positive health aspects of barley water.

Improves cholesterol levels

The European Food Safety Authority found that regular consumption of barley works as a natural cholesterol-lowering agent. Responsible for this is the beta-glucan (a vegetable fiber) it contains. This binds bile acids, which are then excreted through the digestive tract. This is how the “bad” cholesterol - the LDL - is intercepted, bound and transported away from the body. The "good" cholesterol, the HDL, however, remains unaffected.

Good for digestion

Barley water is basic and therefore good for digestion and also for the whole organism. This home remedy also contains a large amount of insoluble fiber, which is important for a healthy bowel. The barley water helps with constipation and diarrhea, supports hemorrhoid therapy and is good for the stomach. It also prevents the formation of gallstones.

Helps you lose weight

Since barley water, as already mentioned, has a positive effect on the intestinal flora, this indirectly boosts the metabolism somewhat. This can also be useful for losing weight. Another positive effect is that the water has a satiating effect and reduces food cravings.

Healing for the stomach and intestines

The slimy consistency of the barley water has an extremely positive effect on the mucous membranes in the stomach and intestines. In the case of gastric mucosa or intestinal inflammation, drinking this healing drink is recommended.

Good for the heart

It is known that a high-fiber diet can also have a positive effect on the heart. Since, as already mentioned several times, the barley water contains fiber, this is also good for our vessels and thus somewhat lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Reduces the risk of diabetes

It is becoming increasingly clear how important a healthy bowel is to us. In the meantime, connections between diabetes II disease and poor intestinal flora are also being discussed. The barley water ensures a healthy environment in the intestine and regulates the blood sugar level. This reduces the risk of diabetes.

Has a cooling effect on the body

Especially in summer, on hot days, the British use the barley water, called "Barley Water", to refresh themselves. This cooling effect on the organism can also be used in the event of a fever. By the way, the body is also strengthened. The fever-lowering effect can be supported by adding elderflower syrup or linden blossom tea.

Preparation of barley water

To prepare barley water, the barley should first be soaked for a few hours (80 to 100g barley, preferably from organic farming, in two liters of water). Then the whole thing is brought to a boil and should then simmer for an hour or two. The barley should be cooked really soft, the liquid reduced to one liter. Then everything is skimmed off through a sieve and the healing water is ready. The barley grains are left over and can be eaten, for example, as an addition to a salad.

If you want, you can refine the taste of the barley water or enhance the effect by adding spices. We recommend cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, lemon peel, cloves and, for example, with raisins or figs, which are simply cooked with them. Depending on your taste, the additions are left in the water for a shorter time or until the end. When the barley water is ready, it is drunk pure, mixed with lemon, orange or apple juice or sweetened with honey or sugar. The barley water can be kept in the refrigerator for a maximum of three days and can be drunk both cold and warm.

Effect of the added spices:
Cinnamon is helpful for diabetes, ginger helps the stomach and intestines, cloves stimulate the metabolism, lemon contains vitamin C, raisins and figs are good for the intestines and sweeten barley water in a natural way.

Can everyone drink barley water?

Children and pregnant women are also allowed to drink barley water. Some midwives recommend this water to mothers for milk production. To do this, 50 g of barley are boiled in two liters of water for about one to two hours, strained and then refined with honey and a splash of lemon juice. It is drunk again and again for a day or two. However, people who suffer from gluten intolerance (celiac disease) should avoid all forms of barley.

Recipe: barley water with ginger and figs

For this you need:

  • Two dried figs,
  • 80 g barley,
  • 20 g peeled ginger,
  • a pinch of salt,
  • the juice of a lemon
  • and two liters of water.

The figs and ginger are cut into small pieces and brought to the boil with the barley, the pinch of salt and the water. Then the whole thing simmers for about one to two hours - until there is only about a liter of liquid left. After straining the barley grains, add the lemon juice. This drink not only tastes good, it supports every diet and can also replace a meal from time to time. (sw)

Author and source information

This text complies with the requirements of specialist medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical professionals.

Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
  • Temelie, Barbara; Trebuth, Beatrice: The Five Elements Cookbook: The Practical Implementation of Chinese Nutrition for Western Cuisine, 2009

Important NOTE:
This article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.