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Barley Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Glycemic Index / Load
Botanical Name
Hordeum Vulgare, Hordeum Distichon
Hindi Name
Jow, Jawn, Jau, Juan
Chinese Name
Mai Ya
Homeopathic Name
Hordeum Vulgare   -   Mother Tincture

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Barley Cures


Action of Barley

Most Effective

Nutrients in Barley

Highly Effective

Taste of

Nature of


Parts Used

Grain, Seeds, Germinated Seeds, Dried Fruit, Whole Plant

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Barley

It may cause Asthma.
Overconsumption may cause Stomach Irritation.
Nursing Mothers should not use it.
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Barley is a cereal plant.
It is an annual.
It grows in a temperate climate.
It grows up to One Meter.
Best used for Throat, Stomach Problems.
It is Cool, Dry, Sweet.
It cleanses, opens, digests, mollifies.

It is low in calories and acts as a wonderful diet supplement.
Raw Barley is an enemy of the Stomach. It produces flatulence in the intestines. Before consuming, you can correct this flaw by boiling it or by roasting it in a frying pan.

Note . Barley is not the same as barley Grass. Barley Grass is dealt with separately on this portal.

In TCM :
Germinated Barley : Mai Ya
Charred Malt : Jiao Mai Ya
Barley Leaven : Mai Ya Qu
Prepared Germinated Barley : Chao Mai Ya
Meridians associated : Spleen, Liver and Stomach


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Materia Medica for Barley

Barley General

Barley is used to invigorate the function of the spleen, to regulate the function of the stomach and to promote the flow of milk.
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Barley ( Jau ) as Skin Toner

Add 3 tablespoons Barley ( Jau ) in 3 cups of water and simmer for an hour. Cool, strain and refrigerate. Use it as a cleanser for your face. Rinse off face after using. It gives soft and clear skin.
ORDrinking Barley water is also good for beautiful skin. ( It can be sweetened with Honey and Orange Juice.)

Barley ( Jau ) for Goiter

Have one glass of Barley water daily to cure Goiter.

Barley ( Jau ) for Urinary Tract Infection

Add 2 tsp roasted Barley in a cup of warm water with a pinch of salt. Drink it once a day.

Barley ( Jau ) for Measles

Add half a cup of Barley ( Jau ) with 2 cups of water. Heat until it reduces to half. Cool and strain. Add Sugar. Have twice a day for a month.

Barley ( Jau ) for Jaundice

Simmer 2 big spoons of Barley ( Jau ) in about 8 glasses of water for 2 hours. Strain and let it cool. Drink 4-5 times in a day.
Note : You may add some Lemon Juice, Sugar or Honey for taste.

Barley For High Creatinine

Barley is well known for its digestive properties, but it also increases the efficiency of the Kidneys. It works as a Kidney cleanser and removes the waste from the Body.
Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of Barley and boil it for 20 minutes. Drink this tea 2 times in a day.
Add Barley to your daily diet.
Add 2 tablespoons of Barley to vegetable soup or stew. Have it daily, once a day.

Barley ( Jau ) for Water Retention

Soak 2 tablespoons of Barley ( Jau ) in a cup of water. Keep it overnight. Strain it. Drink it in the morning. Soak it again in the day and drink it at night before going to bed. Repeat this process twice a week.
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Herbal Treatment For Burns 3

Prepare a paste of Barley, Turmeric and Yoghurt. Apply it on the burnt skin.

Herbal Treatment For Wounds 3

Take Coriander seeds and Barley in equal quantity. Powder them together. Add little water and apply on the affected part.

Herbal Treatment For Diabetes 4

Take 100 grams of the following:
Wheat Flour, Gum (of tree), Barley, Black Cumin.
Take 5 cups of water and add the above ingredients. Boil. Let it cool. Strain. Store in a jug.
Drink a cup, empty stomach in morning for a week. Repeat the same on the next week but on alternative days.

Herbal Treatment For Leprosy 3

Make a paste with curd by adding Turmeric, Snow Lotus, Amranthus and Barley in equal quantity. Apply over the affected area.

Herbal Treatment For Cold 12

Put slices of Lemon with 2 tsp Barley in a jug. Pour boiled water in it. Cover it and leave it for a night. Have the residue obtained once a day.

Herbal Treatment For Sallow Skin 2

Mix 2 tsp each of Sandalwood powder, Fuller's Earth, Barley flour, Wheat flour and Chickpea flour. Add water to make paste. Apply it on your Skin. Wash with water when it gets dry.

Herbal Treatment For Sallow Skin 3

Take the following herbs :
Sandalwood : Chandan : Powder : 1 teaspoon
Chickpea : Chana : Flour : 1 teaspoon
Barley : Jau : Flour : half teaspoon
Wheat : Gehun : Flour : half teaspoon
Mix all. Add Rose water to make paste. Apply on the face and arms. Keep it until it dries and wash with cool water.
Note : You may add Fuller's Earth (Multani Mitti).

Herbal Treatment For Cancer 4

Mix equal quantity flours of Barley and Wheat. Make its dough. Make bread or chapatti with it. Use it regularly for 2 months.

Herbal Treatment For Jaundice 13

Take a cup of water and mix One teaspoon Barley ( Jau ) powder in it. Mix Some Honey ( Shehad ) and drink twice a day until improved.

Herbal Treatment For Hirsutism 2

Barley ( Jau in India ) helps to exfoliates the Skin and scrubs the facial hair. It slows down the growth of hair and makes the Skin soft. Lime ( Jamri Nimbu )juice helps to tighten the Skin pores. Milk ( Dudh in India ) nourishes the Skin and makes it soft.
Take the following herbs :
Barley powder : 1 tablespoon
Lime Juice : 1 tablespoon
Milk : 1 tablespoon
Mix all the herbs together to make a paste. Apply the paste on the Skin. Let it dry completely. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this daily for 2 weeks.
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Shahnaz jahan
02 Apr 2015
This is very good information for all who don't know how to take treatment ourself. Thanks to all.
V Suresh Murali ( India )
20 Aug 2016
Is this 'Jave godhi' (in Kannada) or Long wheat and how is this different in properties and qualities from the regular wheat which we get in the market (aata like pillsbury aata etc.)
Dr. Atul
30 Aug 2016
Yes, Jave godhi is the Kannada name of Barley.
Difference between Barley and Wheat:
Barley is harvested in warmer seasons whereas wheat best thrives in cooler climate.
Barley is used more for making alcohol.
Wheat has a weaker taste whereas barley has a stronger taste.
Barley has a higher fiber content than wheat.
Divyah (Chennai)
15 Sep 2017
What is barley in Tamil. ?
Ann ( Nigeria )
17 Nov 2017
What is the cure for hyperthyroidism and infertility
And how much does it cost?
Nisha ( India/tamilnadu )
04 Dec 2017
Does barley reduce cardiovascular disease
15 May 2020
Since Barley is richer in calcium than milk. Then why have you suggested to restrict it's use for nursing mothers?
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