Barley, Hordeum vulgare

BARLEY


Latin name: Hordeum vulgare

English name: Barley

Sanskrit name: Yavah

Indian name: Jau

Medicinal parts used: Seeds

Barley is a cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare. It resembles wheat but is more tolerant of cold and draughts. Cultivated barley (Hordeum vulgare) comes in three main varieties – six-rowed, four-rowed, and two-rowed.

Barley was one of the earliest cereals to be cultivated, about 5000 BC in Egypt, and no other cereal can thrive in so wide a range of climatic conditions; polar barley is sown and reaped well within the Arctic Circle in Europe. Barley is no longer much used in bread making, but it is used in soups and stews and as a starch. Its high-protein form is widely used as animal feed, and its low-protein form is used in brewing and distilling alcoholic drinks.

Therapeutic use:

  • The Barley water is good remedy for Jaundice.
  • It is anti inflammatory, demulcent, nutritive, hepatitis.
  • It relieves stomach problems, intestinal irritation and sores.
  • It also helps to cure tumors.
  • It clears mucus. It is antioxidant.
  • Helpful in soothing and reducing inflammation in sores and swellings.
  • It removes poison out of boils, abscesses, stings, and bites.
  • Good remedy for weeping eczema.
  • It helps to lower blood cholesterol and regulate blood sugar and in preventing bowel cancer due to the presence of beta glucan.
  • Cool barley water used as tonic for fevers and to soothe or heal stomach or digestive upsets.
  • It relieves irritable bowels, dry coughs, diarrhea, cystitis, or irritable bladders.
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