Do You Have Trouble Sleeping? Try Drinking Barley Tea

Lavender, Chamomile and Nettle Leaf are most commonly sought out when it comes to nighttime tea rituals. Yes, they are all lovely and aid in relaxation but there's another tea that should be recognized for all its glory — Barely Tea.

Brewed primarily in Korea, Japan, and China, barley tea carries loads of benefits such as antioxidants (contains vitamin a + c which promotes youthful glow to the skin), Immunity Boost (kills bad bacteria and balances the gut), and helps to relax, de-stress, and sleep. Barley contains a natural component called tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body synthesize serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates sleep.

The taste of barley tea is usually nutty, warm and aromatic, but that all depends on the type of barley you use, the level to which it is roasted, and whether you are serving it warm or cold (I prefer warm). Some folks compare the taste to coffee, for the depth and dark appearance. An additional perk to drinking barley tea before bed is that it's caffeine free. You have the pleasure of indulging all day and night if you like.

HOW TO MAKE BARLEY TEA (TEA BAG VERSION)

Boil the water in a kettle (pot) until rapidly boiling. Remove the kettle from the heat then add barley tea bag. Brew it for about 10 mins, 15 for a deeper taste. Squeeze out the tea bag using tongs, to get the last drop of love. Discard the tea bag, Do not reuse.

(ROASTED/READY TO BREW VERSION)

  • Add about two tablespoons of the roasted barley to a medium pot (eight cups) of water and bring to a boil.

  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to cook for 15 to 20 minutes depending on your taste. Remove from heat, allow to cool for a few minutes, strain with cheesecloth, then sip away.

  • Serve as a warm tea drink or refrigerate the barley tea and serve cold

+ There are so many salubrious herbs in nature, barley, in particular, is an exceptional one to keep in your personal stock next to lavender and chamomile. It'll help you sleep sounder, helping you rise feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Insomnia what?

Give this a try and comment below to let me know how barley tea has worked for you.

Until then,

All My Love,

Shani