Botanical name - Hordeum vulgare
Family - Graminae
Annual growing to 1m by 0.2m. It is taken internally as a nutritious food or as barley water (an infusion of the germinated seed in water) and is of special use for babies and invalids. Its use is said to reduce excessive lactation.
Barley is also used as a poultice for burns and wounds. The seed sprouts are demulcent, expectorant, galactofuge, lenitive and stomachic. They are used in the treatment of regurgitation of milk and breast distension.