Feeling stressed out? Can’t sleep well? Then grab a glass of Mugicha (barley tea), sit back and let it take effect. Not only is mugicha naturally caffeine free, it also contains melatonin, which helps relaxation and adjusts your sleep-wake pattern, and tryptophan, which aids in sleeping. You can drink it hot or cold and making it is as simple as throwing a large tea bag into a pitcher of water.
Barley tea is extremely popular in Japan (called mugicha – mugi for barley and cha for tea), mostly drank throughout the summer it’s incredibly refreshing and perfect to have on a hot summer night, while watching television, munching on appetizers and snacks, and hearing the sound of wind chimes gently singing in the breeze.
It’s a beverage I drank every single day during my time there, and now here as well. Mugicha is easy to find; it’s sold in most Japanese and other Asian super markets. If you like oolong tea, chances are you will really like barley tea. Its taste is very similar with a toasted nutty flavor added to it. Oolong can taste strong and bitter, while mugicha is much milder and kid friendly.
One mugicha tea bag (like the one I’m holding in the picture) is enough to brew a pitcher and a half. I say a half because I usually refill the pitcher once half empty, and the result is still very tasty. Let’s look at other health benefits mugicha has:
- Antioxidants to help prevent against cardiovascular diseases
- Helps maintain good blood circulation
- MEN – Helps maintain a healthy prostate AND prevent prostate cancer
- Excellent in fighting streptococci, treat congestion and bronchitis