Love, healing, and protection.
Scatter on the ground to keep evil at bay.
Tie barley straw around a rock and throw into a river or lake while visualizing any pain you have to make the pain go away.
The shoots are diuretic.
The seed sprouts are demulcent, expectorant, galactofuge, lenitive and stomachic and are sometimes abortifacient.
The seed is digestive, emollient, nutritive, febrifuge andstomachic.
Its use is said to reduce excessive lactation.
Barley is also used as a poultice for burns and wounds.
The plant has a folk history of antitumour activity.
Modern research has shown that barley may be of aid in the treatment of hepatitis, whilst other trials have shown that it may help to control diabetes.
Barley bran may have the effect of lowering blood cholesterol levels and preventing bowel cancer.