Koreans say that barley tea is essential to the digestion, and relieves constipation. The Japanese, who call barley tea mugicha, also claim important health benefits. In fact, Japanese research has documented the many antioxidants found in barley tea, and its apparent benefits for improving blood flow. Japanese food giant Kagome, presented the latter research at the Japanese Society of Soft Drink Technologies in 2004, reporting that “continuous intake of barley tea helps improve the fluidity of blood. Moreover, as the density of alkylpyrazine, a key substances in the tea flavor, increases, [blood] fluidity increases further.”
Information can be found all over the web regarding its health benefits. Including reducing prostate cancer, and building immunity.
The traditional directions are as follows:
Step 1: Boil a quart of water.
Step 2: Throw in 2-3 tablespoons of roasted barley and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Step 3: Strain out the barley kernels
Kidney Stone/dehydration Recipe:
My adaptation is a combination of three recipes. One is for dehydration (instead of Gatorade), one is a recipe that is meant to be a kidney stone cure. (Although, I still get kidney stones from time to time, they have gone from 8mm sizes that require lithotripsy procedures to two-three mm sizes that are (painfully) passable. ) And a “lemonade therapy recipe” given to me by my kidney doctor.
Step 1: Boil a large pot of water. Big stock pot if you have it, to make about 2 gallons.
Step 2: Throw in one and a half cups of roasted barley ** and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the barley is soft enough to eat. Water will look really cloudy
(**Roasting the barley is easy. Spread out on cookie sheet, put in oven for 15 minutes on 400 degrees. Or, just stir it on bottom of a pan until it smells a little nutty, not burnt. Then add it to water. You could always skip this step too, but roasting does enhance the flavor. )
Step 3: Strain out the barley kernels. Use these in beef and barley soup, breakfast porraige, feed it to the dog, compost it.. but don’t waste it.
Step 4: while liquid is still hot stir in 1/2 cup of honey. Or, more to taste.
Step 5: stir in 2 tbsp Celtic Grey Sea Salt. It MUST be Celtic Grey Sea Salt. It has more trace minerals in it than other sea salts. (Please research if you need further proof.)
Step 6: Stir in 6 ounces, more or less to taste, of organic lemon juice.
Serve hot or cold. Try to drink at least 32 oz of the tea a day.