Food & Health

Discover the Goodness in Barley Water

Drinking barley water was one of my childhood rituals. My mother told me that barley, being a grain, has soluble fiber that regulates our stomachs, prevent water retention and cleanse our urinary system by flushing out all toxins from our body.

A home cooked barley water is made by boiling pearl barley with water, commonly flavored with lemon. It is also a cooling drink; I was encouraged to drink lots of it during the hot seasons.

Now that I’m a mother, I’ve been promoting this nourishing drink to my son. I cook barley water for him almost every week. Initially, he hates it. But after numerous attempts, he enjoys drinking it now. Rock sugar does the trick! I add a small amount to lightly sweeten the barley water.

In fact, barley water is the best supplementary drink when our children are unwell. When they are down with fever, vomiting, diarrhea or HFMD, they need plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Barley water is the ideal choice, especially when they reject water.

Barley is most effective in curing and preventing urinary tract infections. Drinking barley water several times a day helps to flush out toxins quickly and clears the urine well.

This is the barley water that I cook – the bigger bottle for my old master (aka husband) and the smaller bottle for my little master (aka Edison).

Barley Drink


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  • Samantha

    yes, my family pledged barley water for its nourishing properties too!

    strawberry shortcake theme for ur hubby? kekeke.. when i saw the pic, i thot tat bottle is for u.

    • Emily

      Haha! He always get the pink stuff from me… 🙂

  • Huey Ling

    Yes, I also cook barley water for the 2 masters in my house. George really enjoys drinking it even for the first time he drank. However, I did not add any sugar for him.
    This is also the reason why I changed from rice cereal to barley cereal for him when introducing solid food to him. It is great as first solid to baby!

    • Emily

      If George is willing to drink without sugar, that’s good…. Little Edison is not willing to drink if its not sweet…. very very fussy!

  • ohhhh .. pink for hubby 🙂 mine will never use it

  • Barley is definitely one of my faves since I was a kid.

    Grew up liking it without sugar. It has a certain comforting flavour to it. Bland but certainly comforting.

    Helps loads on my horrid water retention days. And definitely when I feel dehydrated too. Just some strange days when glasses of water does not quench my crazy thirst and a glass of barley (warm or cold) does it magic.

    Add some lemon juice or pandan leaves (screwpine) for some added twist.