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Kitchen Medicine



Barley (Hordeum vulgare)


Barley gruel is an excellent nutritional food for throat and stomach problems.
Cooked with milk this gruel promotes lactation in nursing mothers.
Externally, Barley flour simmered in milk makes a cooling plaster for inflamed skin sores and ulcers.
Barley flour and barley bran mixed with vinegar and butter, briefly brought to the boil, makes an old home remedy (plaster) for sprained muscles and general muscle stiffness, rheumatism and skin afflictions.

Even Barley beer has some healing virtues: It stimulates the appetite and increases the secretion of digestive juices, thus making fatty foods more digestible and easing heartburn.
Warm beer is demulcent and diuretic, which can be beneficial for urinary complaints.


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