6 Top Benefits & Side Effects Of Barley Water

barley water benefits

Barley water also called Barli Ginjalu in Telugu, Jau Water in Hindi and Barley Thanni in Tamil has amazing health benefits. I remember my maternal grandfather drinking it every day, it was ritual he followed without fail. I remember asking him why he drank it, to which he smiled and replied that it kept him healthy. Now my grand father is no more, but writing this post brings back fond memories of him.

It has amazing health benefits and can be easily prepared at home. It can be used for treating I am still amazed at how simple home remedies can save us from lot of pain if had correctly and barley water is one such example especially for treating urinary tract infection.

Barley Water Health Benefits:

1. For UTI:

We use it to treat urinary tract infections in our village and it is very effective. Urinary tract infection usually occurs when bacteria enter the urethra and spread into the bladder, UTI can be very painful. Since barley has anti-bacterial properties, it helps treat the infection well.
Even pregnant women can drink barley water if they are suffering from urinary tract infections. Instead of taking antibiotics for UTI, try to drink barley water often throughout the day to get rid of it.

2. For Diabetic Patients:

Research on barley water has been proven to reduce glycemic response. The glycaemic response to food is the effect the food has on our blood glucose levels after consuming it. Our blood glucose and insulin rise after a meal but how much it rises depends on the food we eat, foods rich in fiber like barley generally reduce the glycemic response. If you are diabetic, try to consume barley water with the barley to maintain stable blood sugar levels.

3. For Weight Loss:

Since it is rich in fiber, barley keeps us satiated for a long time making it perfect for including in weight loss plan. Instead of drinking fruit juice which spikes our blood sugar levels, try including barley water in your diet. Don’t strain out the barley and also add in sautéed very finely cut vegetables in to make it more filling.

4. For Skin Care:

Drinking barley water often and applying it topically on the acne-affected area reduces inflammation and has a soothing effect. It is rich in antioxidants which help fight off free radicals. Try to make a thicker liquid if you are applying it on the skin. You can also use plain barley water (without anything added to it) to mix face packs and scrubs too.

5. For Immunity:

It helps improve immunity, in a clinical study done during covid, 100 covid positive patients were randomly allocated to receive routine treatment along with or without 250 ml barley water. The length of hospital stay was 4 days lesser in patients who received barley water. It is also a powerful diuretic, diuretics are referred to as water pills, they help our body get rid of excess water and salt so they are very useful in conditions like edema and blood pressure.

6. Improves Digestion:

Barley is rich in fiber, 100 grams of cooked pearl barley contains around 3.8 grams of soluble fiber especially beta glucan which is good for our gut health, it also has a soothing effect on our stomach. If you are suffering from constipation, try including unstrained barley water regularly in your diet, within a few days, you will be relieved of constipation.

Barley Water Side Effects:

Unstrained barley water is rich in fiber and when you consume too much fiber at once, it can lead to bloating and stomach discomfort. Start with 1/2 cup  and work your way up over time. Barley is gluten-containing grain so people suffering from celiac disease should avoid it.

barley benefitsHow To Make Barley Water At Home?

1. Wash barley 2 to 3 times and soak it in water for 1 to 2 hours, this helps barley cook faster.

2. Strain again, add water, and let it boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the flame and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Add a piece of fresh ginger to it during the last 5 minutes. Don’t pound the ginger, adding ginger like this gives a mild ginger flavor which gives a nice taste to barley water. It also aids in digestion.

4. Once the barley is cooked, add few drops of lemon juice to it. You can either strain out the barley or leave it in, I would suggest leaving the barley in if you are a diabetic patient or while including it in a weight loss diet plan.


  • This tastes best when it is fresh, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 days.
  • Make sure to boil till barley is cooked well.
  • As far as I know, this is one of the best home remedies for urinary tract infections.
  • After adding lemon juice, if you prefer you can sweeten lightly with good-quality honey.
  • Boil it on low flame else it will spill over.
  • Don’t add too much lemon juice, it won’t taste nice.
  • If you are straining barley, use it in stews and salads or make a simple stir fry with it by frying onions, green chillies, garlic, steamed veggies, barley in little oil. Finally add salt, lots of coriander leaves, and a few drops of lemon juice to it.

barley water benefits


  1. Anonymous
    January 9, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Mam is barley watet to reduce belly?Sree

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2015 / 4:44 am

      Hi Sree, Barley water alone will not aid in weight loss. But if taken as a part of a healthy diet and when combined together with an exercise regime, it will aid in lowering the cholesterol and eventually belly reduction…:)

  2. Anonymous
    January 10, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Simply super thank u mam. Sree

  3. Anonymous
    February 20, 2015 / 7:38 am

    Lovely suggestions for many problems.I need medicines for skin allergies and diseases.

  4. BK
    March 20, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    You're a life saver ! I've a family member fight UTI for few years now, using anti-biotics isn't helping ! God bless your site & also my friend who sent this site to me !

    April 3, 2015 / 12:03 am


    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 5, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      I used pearl barley…..

  6. Anonymous
    April 9, 2015 / 11:07 am

    can the barley be powdered and be used for making barley water.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 12, 2015 / 5:12 pm

      Yes, you can use powdered barley for making barley water….

  7. Anonymous
    May 26, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    what is the maximum quantity required to consume for weight loss..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      May 28, 2015 / 4:58 pm

      Start with amount given in the recipe and if you are comfortable with it you can increase the quantity slowly. If you drink too much of barley water it might cause stomach discomfort…

    • Philip Arun
      July 13, 2015 / 11:45 am

      When and how many times should we intake barley water in a day to reduce belly fat. Does drinking early morning on an empty stomach be effective ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 19, 2015 / 3:34 pm

      Barley water by itself does not reduce fat, it should be coupled with a balance diet and exercise for it to work. It is considered one of the best for weight loss because it keep us satiated for along time and at the same time provides the body with nutrients. Barley water can be consumed anytime of the day and you can drink up to 2 cups a day…

  8. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 / 10:46 am

    can one use hulled barley

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 29, 2015 / 2:26 am

      You can uses hulled barley but the cooking time will vary….

  9. Unknown
    August 17, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    we have used it to treat UTI and it works wonders. Point to be noted – did not use any antibiotics

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 18, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      I am very glad to hear it, than you for writing…

  10. Mandeep Rai
    September 27, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Hi maamI took some viagra pills in last two months- which now is resulting as too much itching & rashes Please suggest if it is possible to flush out side effects by using barley? Regards

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2015 / 2:41 pm

      Barley water is very effective in flushing out the toxins, give it a try….

  11. jyothi .dorai
    October 1, 2015 / 7:15 am

    i am a working women, i cant go for walk and can do exercise 15-20 at home as i want to reduce my belly fat, thighs n side bags 🙁 so should i drink full water after straining? can i consume left over barley with some lemon juice and salt? plz help 🙁

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 2:28 pm

      Drink the barley water after straining. You can consume the left over barley as a salad with finely cut cucumber, grated carrot, salt, pepper, coriander leaves and lemon juice. It is very filling and will keep you satiated for a long time…

  12. Anonymous
    November 14, 2015 / 4:39 am

    mam I am on the treatment I eat lot of harmone medicine eventually I had gained weight after marriage, my husband restricted me not to exercise but I have to reduce weight pls tell me some suggestions to lose weight I am drinking barley water will it lead to weight loss

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 26, 2015 / 2:57 am

      Hi, As far as I know only exercise and diet will lead to permanent fat loss. Certain herbs assist in fat loss but taking only herbs without a proper diet plan and exercise will never work. Start slowly by cutting high fat, calorie rich foods like sweets, pastries, tinned and processed foods. Replace them with healthy, low calorie, antioxidant rich juices, herbal teas and decoctions like barley water (you will find many of those recipes in the blog) and start walking regularly (it is a low impact exercise and will never hurt you) and in no time you will start losing weight….

  13. ashraf
    January 3, 2016 / 3:08 am

    May Allah bless you dear friend, thank you so much good information you provide.

  14. Rupesh Patil
    March 31, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Thanks for recommending barley water. really its very useful for kidney stone, with in 20 days my 7.4 mm stone got diluted to 5 mm and today it is thrown out from my body. thanks a lot.whomever wants to remove kidney stone everyday drink 4-5 litter water with lemon barley water.

    • Srinu
      June 11, 2016 / 9:38 am

      Consuming 4 litre of lemon barley water means we are taking 200 gm of barley per day…is the amount of intake of barley in a correct dosage to dilute a 7mm renal stone?

  15. Anonymous
    May 18, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    barley good for eczema ??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 6, 2016 / 11:59 pm

      Barley water is good for eczema, it also soothing to apply plain barley water on the affected area too…

  16. Anonymous
    May 27, 2016 / 8:24 am

    How much quantity should my 6 year old son consume in order to cure UTI

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 7, 2016 / 7:16 am

      I would suggest 2 cups of barley water for him….

  17. Srinu
    June 12, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Consuming 4 litres of barley water per day means taking 200gm of barley per day. Because the recipe mentioned here says to boil 50gm of barley seeds in 1 litre of water. Is it okay to consume 200gm of barley daily? If so, for how many days it should be taken so as to dissolve 7mm kidney stone? Ramyaji, can u please clarify?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 1:34 am

      I would suggest starting with 50 grams of barley per day and consuming it for about a week and then slowly increasing the amount overtime. I am sorry I can't precisely tell the the time it takes barley water to dissolve kidney stone as it will vary from person to person….

  18. Rajkumar P
    June 22, 2016 / 7:24 am

    Hi ramya iam 26 years old i am facing hairfall problem daily. i am using herball homemade product only (medthod is buying amla hair oil in this mixing power of henna, curry, almond then apply direct to scalp) aslo i am facing hair fall i dont have any dandruf and all. please give clear clarification mam.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 8, 2016 / 1:37 am

      I would suggest making your own hair oil at home from scratch using unrefined oils, you can find many recipes for hair oil in this blog. Also try reducing stress and have oil bath weekly twice 9method in the blog), it will keep the body cool, reduce stress and strengthen the hair roots….

  19. shanthi reddy
    October 12, 2016 / 11:59 am

    anytime we can take it?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 3, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Yes, you can take barley water any time….

  20. Anonymous
    December 19, 2016 / 4:40 am

    Can we take barley water early morning with empty stomach.I am of 63 year how much quantity can I take in a day.BrManzoor Ahmad

  21. Ekta Shetty
    March 5, 2017 / 6:52 am

    How often to drink barley water?? Since I read too much of it has side effects.

  22. Unknown
    March 26, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    I have hypothyroidism and suffering from obesity… Shall I take barley water

  23. Mitsha
    May 9, 2017 / 2:11 am

    My mother used to give barley water during pregnancy time saying it avoids the swelling of the legs.

  24. Parvez Shah
    June 16, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Hello Ramya thanks for your enlightening topics. Does barley water help to heal gastritis and in gaining weight?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      June 16, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Barley water is very soothing on the stomach and is perfect to have during gastritis but it does not treat gastritis…

  25. Dipti P
    July 30, 2017 / 12:39 am

    Hi Ramya!! I suffer from recurrent UTI. Which barley should I have to treat it. Pearl, flaked or hulled ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 6, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Hi Dipti, If you get hulled barley, please use that….

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