The Benefits of Barley Water
Ten, or so, Decades ago the human family did things differently.
They stocked up for winter, ate little meat during the summer, enjoyed vigorous physical labor and made their own home-brewed remedies.
One of the home-brewed remedies was Barley or Grain Water.
A simple drink primarily made with grains – like barley – and water. Sometimes cream of tartar is added for extra health benefits.
In the Mormon Scripture Compilation The Doctrine and Covenants, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, barley is mentioned as a useful mild drink for humans:
17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine,
and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.
The members of the LDS church are promised that if they live by the Word of Wisdom, as directed in Section 89, that they will be blessed with good health, great wisdom and knowledge, and that the that “the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them.” D&C 89:21
Aunt Faye’s simple recipe for a Barley Water is:
1/4 cup Barley, (alone or mixed with Millet, Oats, Rice and Rye or other grains)
2 to 3 cups clean water (I use distilled, but filtered is ok)
Bring to boil. Either put in thermal cooker or leave on stove with heat turned down low or off.
When it is cooked the grains are popped with the insides out. I then put this mixture in ice trays in the freezer. I use one ice cube per cup of water.
My sister simply puts the mix in a gallon jug and fills it with more clean water. I do not use it often enough to drink the whole gallon in a week. I do not drink it after it starts to sour.
The 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar helps it work faster and more thoroughly.
Some online recipes use lemon juice or lime juice to perk up the beverage, but most who drink it find it delicious as it is.
If you need a bit of sweetener, adding raw honey from your area will help with allergies, sucanet or evaporated cane juice will work well as a sweetener. The diabetic can use stevia as well.
Sweeteners are not necessary with this beverage and from what I hear, drinking it warm with a bit of salt is like having a tasty cup of broth – perfect for those days that you are under the weather.
Individuals that I have association with claim that the barley or grain water has health benefits as well:
Aunt Faye had this to say about using barley water (Dec 2014):
Uncle Don has been quite ill since Saturday evening when we came home from Thanksgiving. He has even missed a party or two.
Last evening, I was talking to my sister. She asked what to do for a 17-year-old girl who was passing out every time she eats. I told her to start her on “Barley Water,” with an 1/8 teaspoon of “Real” Salt, and a 1/4 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar for every pint of “Barely Water.”
This sister drinks the “Barley Water” and Cream of Tartar every morning. If she goes without it too long, she can’t breath.
So, last night, before I went to bed I made a batch of “Grain Water.” This morning, I gave Uncle Don one cup of the “Grain Water.” He has been puttering around all day, but did not even take a nap.
This evening, I will give him and me each a cup of the “Grain Water.”
Another associate stated (Dec 2014):
Daughter came home from school yesterday with “flu” type symptoms. Among them was a deep wet cough and she said she had trouble breathing earlier in the day (wheezy feeling). I just grinned at her, settled her comfortably on the couch. Next came elderberry and flu bomb essential oils. She looked at me and said, “What, no barley water?”. I giggled and told her it was already brewing. Gave her a cup with the cream of tartar. She could breathe easier within minutes of taking it.