The Top Benefits of Drinking Barley Water and How to Make It

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1 Cup of organic Pearl Barley

5 Cups of purified water

Juice 1 organic lemon (or lime or any flavor you like)

1 Tablespoon of raw, organic honey

Cinnamon stick (optional)

Organic ginger root (optional)

Serving: 4 cups

Put the barley in a sieve and rinse for about one minute with plenty of fresh, running water. Then put the barley, water, (cinnamon or ginger if you are going to use it), into a medium sized sauce pan. Bring this mixture to a boil, and then simmer without a lid on low for about 20 minutes. The grains will be soft and cooked at this time.

Now, pour this mixture through a sieve. Add your fruit juice and honey, stirring well. Allow to cool completely. Barley water is best when drank cool but it should be consumed within 3 days. If you don’t plan to drink it right away, place in a sealed container and put in the fridge.

You don’t have to throw out that cooked barley. Use it in your soups or stews. You can add some to your salads or put a tablespoon or so into your smoothies. You can even give some to your dog, if you like.

You can use this same basic recipe and simply change things around for different flavors. Try using some fresh mint leaves, or maybe some maple syrup instead of honey. No matter how you make it, you will still reap the benefits. Enjoy!


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One Comment

  1. Kunwar Singh

    Jan 23, 2015 at 7:27 am

    The above article on Barley Water is very knowledgeable piece of information. Since I have personal liking for barley grains due to its numerous health benefits, I have always suggested it to my patients to enjoy it’s health benefits. Barley water is the best home remedy for all types of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). It helps in flushing out urine with ease. Barley water is very cooling during hot summer. It should be taken moderately in extreme cold climates. Adding Cinnamon, Ginger, Mint Leaves and Holy Basil Leaves while boiling barley grains will make the drink tasty and effective. Add jaggery or honey for sweetness but avoid adding sugar. Take care and best of health!