July 19, 2011

Barley Tea Health Benefits To Know

For tea lovers in Asian countries like China,Korea, Japan and others, Barley tea is one of the popular beverages. While, barley water is widely used in some countries like Britain.  You can find barley in many various forms like hulled, hulless, pearl barley, flakes, flour, grits, etc.

How To Make Barley Tea
You can prepare barley tea with barley grains, either plain or roasted.  To prepare roasted barley tea, you have to roast barley till the grains get brown in color. You can do it either on a stove top or in the oven. If you roast barley on stove top, take a skillet and roast the grains till they reach brown in color. If you prefer oven, preheat it to 180°C and cook barley for around ten to fifteen minutes or till the grains get roasted properly. In this case, spread the grains on a baking tray for getting it evenly roasted. Once the grains get roasted, you can prepare barley tea. Boil a liter of water and add three tablespoons of roasted barley grains to it. Let it simmer for a few minutes, before removing from heat. Once removed from the stove, let it cool for a few minutes.

You can serve barley tea both hot and cool. If you like it hot, strain it and serve. Otherwise, strain the tea and refrigerate for some time, before use. You may also add honey or agave nectar for sweetening barley tea. Caffeine is not detected in barley tea and this is one of the advantages of this beverage. You may also use plain barley grains for brewing tea, but it may not taste similar to mugicha. Nowadays, barley tea can be prepared from tea bags, which can be purchased from Asian food stores. If you are using tea bags, a single tea bag will be sufficient for a liter of water. Even sun tea can be prepared with barley grains, by steeping these grains few hours, in water kept in sunlight.

Barley Tea Health Benefits 
  • Good for cleansing the body.  
  • For alleviating the symptoms of urinary tract infections.  
  • It also has antioxidant properties
  • Barley tea is beneficial for fighting oral streptococci. 
  • Good for the cardiovascular system, as it improves the fluidity of blood. 
  • Reducing blood cholesterol and in fighting cold. 

However, barley tea is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, even those with gluten intolerance. .

Now, you know about barley tea health benefits to make you health and fun

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