Hordeum vulgare

Hordeum vulgare L.

Poaceae (Gramineae)

  • Hordeum sativum Jess.
  • Common Barley
  • Six-rowed Barley
  • شعير
  • sha'ir
  • שְׂעוֹרַה תַּרְבּוּתִית
  • se'ora tarbutit

Annual

  • Disturbed habitats

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Hordeum vulgare L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Itch/ pruritis

Anti-pruritic

Grind grains, wet with "leben" (yoghurt) & apply to affected area.

Fruit, SeedB, Z
Dermatological

Skin swelling from a wound/ injury

Vulnerary

Cook seeds of "turmus" (Lupinus termis) in water & use water to prepare a dough with Hordeum flour; bandage affected area with dough.

FruitZ
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Sore throat

Anti-Infective, Demulcent

Cook grain in water, gargle while hot & spit out.

Fruits, SeedB, Z
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes

Hypoglycemic

Prepare hordeum flour & eat

FruitB
Gastrointestinal

Gastric pain

Carminative

Cook grains + "najil" (Cynodon dactylon) in water & drink.

LeafZ
Gastrointestinal

Gastric ulcer

Anti-ulcer

Decoct grains & drink.

FruitZ
General

Abdominal swelling

Anti-hydropic

Cook grains in water & drink.

FruitZ
General

Dry mouth

Refrigerant

Cook grains in water & drink.

FruitZ
General

Fever

Anti-pyretic

Decoct grains & drink.

FruitsB
General

Swelling of body

Anti-hydropic

Cook grains + rosemary (Rosmarinus sp.) (Admin. not specified.)

FruitZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Kidney stones

Anti-lithic

1. Mix black species of Hordeum. vulgare + "lubiya" or cowpea (Vigna unguiculate). (Admin not specified.) (Z)
2. Boil Hordeum grains for a long time + husks of " tzalaqot tiras" (female inflorescence of maize/ corn); add sugar & drink. (Z)
3. Decoct seeds & drink x1 cup on an empty stomach mornings. (B)

FruitB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary obstruction

Deobstruent

Cook grains in water & drink/

FruitZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Demulcent

1.Decoct seeds & drink x1 cup on an empty stomach mornings. (B)
2. Decoct grain & drink. (Z)

FruitZ
Mental Health

Soothe nerves

Anxiolytic

Mix grain + honey + "washaj" (gum resin of Dorema ammoniacum/ gum ammoniac). (Admin.not specified.).

FruitB
Musculoskeletal/ joints

Reset bone fracture which has set incorrectly

Vulnerary

Cook Hordeum straw in water in closed pot & hold affected limb over steam for few minutes; on removal immediately rebreak bone with a light tap.

FruitB
Musculoskeletal/ joints

Rheumatic pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

This recipe is in 2 parts A & B: A. Prepare dough of ground hordeum flour + vinegar + coriander & apply to painful area. (Helpful especially if pain is accompanied by fever). If this is unhelpful then prepare B. B. Grind lentils (Lens culinaris)+ burnt, ground sheep bones + Coriandrum + Colchicum luteum + Terminalia chebula peel & eat for three days. After this extract "kusani" (? Cichorium sp. ) & drink x1 cup of conc. extract every evening.

Branch /twig, LeafZ
Nervous system

Headache

Analgesic

Prepare bread loaf from Hordeum flour + "bizr kitan" (Linum sp.); slice in half while hot & use as hot compress on head.

FruitB
Opthalmic

Eyes inflammation

Anti-inflammatory

Preparation/ Admin. not specified.

FruitB
Surgical/ Trauma

Peritonitis

Anti-Infective

Decoct grain & drink.

LeafZ
Wound Healing

Burn

Vulnerary

1. Grind roasted seeds & spread directly on burn. (B)
2. Prepare dough from Hordeum flour & apply to burn. (Z)

FruitZ

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