Barley Water Recipe for Weight Loss, Uti, Kidney Stones & Skin

Barley water has amazing health benefits. I remember my maternal grandfather drinking barley water daily and once when I asked him why he drank it, he smiled and replied that it kept him healthy. It was a ritual that he religiously followed, now he is no more, but writing this post brings back fond memories of him.

Barley water has amazing health benefits and can be easily prepared at home. 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. Barley Water For Uti:

Barley water is the best home remedy for treating urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infection affects both adults and children nowadays and the best home remedy for it is to make barley water and drink it through the day. Even pregnant women can drink barley water, if they suffer from urinary tract infection. Instead of taking antibiotics for uti, try to drink barley water often throughout the day, to get rid of uti.

2. Barley Water For Weight Loss:

This simple barley water can be used in weight loss diet. A research on barley water has proven that it can be very beneficial in lowering cholesterol and it also keep us satiated for a long time, making it perfect for including it in weight loss plan. Instead of drinking diet colas, try including barley water.

3. Barley Water For Kidney Stones:

Regular consumption of barley water is the best home remedy for treating kidney stones and for preventing kidney stones from forming. Barley is rich in magnesium, which prevents kidney stones and flushes out toxins. Especially the lemon barley water is highly recommended for people with kidney stones.

4. Barley Water For Skin:

Drinking barley water often and applying it topically on the acne affected area reduces the inflammation and has a soothing effect. Try to make a thicker concentrate, if you are applying on the skin.

5. Barley Water For Detox:

If there is a natural drink that is a wonderful body cleanser, it is barley water. It flushes out the toxins very effectively, especially drinking lemon barley water increases immunity.

How To Make Barley Water At Home?

To make the barley water, wash the barley in water and soak it in water for at least an hour. Add water to it and start boiling till the barley is cooked. I like to add a slice of ginger, while boiling. Switch off, strain and if desired chill, add a few drops of lemon juice and your homemade barley water is ready!

1. Wash barley in water 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 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, strain the water and add a few drops of lemon juice to it.


  • Barley water tastes best when it is fresh, but it can stored in the refrigerator for 2 days.
  • Make sure to boil till barley is cooked well.
  • As far as I know, this barley water is one of the best home remedy for urinary tract infection.
  • After adding lemon juice, if you prefer you can sweeten lightly with good quality honey.
  • This barley water can be used as a home remedy for treating uti in pregnant women too.
  • Boil it in low flame, else it will spill over.
  • Don’t add too much of lemon juice, it won’t taste nice.
  • The left over cooked barley can be used in stews, salads or just make a simple stir fry with it by frying onions, g,chillies, garlic, steamed veggies, barley in little oil. Finely add salt, lots of coriander leaves and few drops of lemon juice to it.



  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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