We interrupt your normal blog programming for a story about barley. If you have followed The Dancing Herbalist for a fair amount of time you probably have come to learn that I am a dancer and on occasion teach young children. Well I am back to teaching young children and let me tell you-those things are dirty! When I am around small children I get sick nearly ever week and the more I get sick the longer the illnesses last. Anywhere from the cold and flu to pneumonia! This isn’t good for me and it sure isn’t good for the children I still have to keep teaching.
Traveling around Asia one comes to try everything and I quite like barley tea, or barley water as it usually called. It is so common it is not a tea-it is just water and that is how it is drunk. I began to notice that when I would drink this for a few days I would get better. So I kept drinking it. Three weeks later now I am still not sick from the children I am teaching every day! Is it the barley? The bottles say so! Now I am making my own at home and drinking it as my main liquid and I feel great!
So now I need to learn more about the medicinal benefits of barley and I want to share them all with you. A quick google search first brought me to Cup & Leaf. This article was a great start because it even linked to some research papers. This is always a super plus. Here they discussed the benefits of barley being for digestive support, immune support, and even possibly helping to prevent cancer.
So where can you get barley to drink as tea? I suggest going to local Asian grocery stores and getting a big box of tea bags. I have been able to find large 30g tea bags that I can use to make 8 cups of tea at once and it is working great for me. I have yet to see this as loose tea in a store but if you come across it please let me know. I would love to hear from others their experience with actually using barley as medicine.
Buying barley seed to make it yourself? Be sure to roast it (no oil) before making it into tea, just like coffee is roasted on a dry pan. It is then steeped just like any other tea in hot water for 10-15 minutes or make a cold infusion overnight. I find that with my large tea bags the water is well infused with a cold infusion after about an hour.
Will I keep drinking barley water? Of course-it is delicious! Do I think it is going to cure cancer? Maybe not but right now it is keeping me healthy and stopping me from getting sick every week and that for me is a big plus.
Jillian Carnrick, founder and manager of The Dancing Herbalist, has a Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine, practices as a nutritionist, and is a Certified Personal Trainer and Exercise Is Medicine Professional through the American College of Sports Medicine. The Dancing Herbalist posts on this blog every Thursday. For more of our posts, join us on Patreon. Jillian also presents regular live classes in The Dancing Herbalist’s home herbalist courses online. For more learning opportunities or to work one-on-one with Jillian with her wellness and herbal consultationsvisit The Dancing Herbalist.com.