Barley is a type of cereal which can reach heights of around 0.7 to 1.2 meters.
Parts Used: Decorticated seeds.
Nutritional value: Barley contain vitamins B (B1, B2, B6, and B12), vitamins E and C, a great amount of iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum,
germanium, zinc, copper, lithium, bioflavonoid, polysaccharides, and polypeptides. Pearl Barley contains about 80 per cent of starch and about 6 per cent of proteins, cellulose, etc.
Uses: It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Like wheat and rye, barley contains gluten that makes it an unsuitable grain for consumption by those with celiac disease.
Medicinal uses and actions: In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad prescribed barley (Talbina) for seven diseases. It was also said to soothe and calm the bowels. Avicenna in his 11th century work The Canon of Medicine wrote of the healing effects of barley water, soup and broth for fevers.
Barley helps improve memory, bringing clarity in thought. Also, it eases stomach pains, heals ulcers, and lessens arthritic pains and inflammations. In obesity it helps eliminate weight excess.